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• Perham Lions Motorcycle run 6.21.14 • Perham Center for the Arts Food & Craft Vendors F/S • United Community Bank Shop Perham & Win • Bremer Bank PLGC Scavenger Hunt Golf 6.21.14 • ACE Hardware Frisbee Golf Tourney 6.15.14 • Arvig/KLN Grand Parade 6.20.14 • KLN $500 Medallion Hunt Starts 6-14-14 • The BREW- Friday Night Entertainment • Landmark Liquors $500 Medallion Hunt Starts 6-18-14 • Perham Lions Demo Derby 6.21.14 • Arvig Summer Fun Event 6.19.14 • Knuttila Financial Services Miss Perham Pageants 6.21.14 • Lakes 99.5 & Central MN Credit Union Turtle Races W/F • Perham Health – Perham CC Turtle Fest 5k run 6.21.14 • Coldwell Banker All City Rummage Sale 6.21.14 • Arvig- Perham Express Train rides W/F/S 10am-3pm • PFD Breakfast 6.21.14 & Rotary Breakfast 6.22.14 • Lakes 99.5 Community Idol 6.20.14

Otter Trail Scenic Byway beckons travelers with beautiful scenery, historic sites and inviting communities

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15 East Otter Tail Resorts Guide 18 Finger-lickin’ food and fun At Perham’s Second Annual Rib Cook-Off 20 historic churches of the Perham area

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28 dining guide The East Otter Tail Lakes Area Summer Scene is a magazine that is published monthly from May through September. The magazine is for the reading enjoyment of visitors as well as seasonal and year-round residents. Two additional versions of the magazine are published in Detroit Lakes and Park Rapids.

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• Perham Center for the Arts Food & Craft Vendors F/S • Bremer Bank PLGC Scavenger Hunt Golf 6.21.14 • Arvig/KLN Grand Parade JUNE 19 Thursday 6.20.14 • The BREW- Friday Night Entertainment • Perham Lions Demo Derby 6.21.14 JUNE 20 Friday • Knuttila Financial Services Miss Perham Pageants 6.21.14 • Perham Health – Perham CC Turtle Fest 5k run 6.21.14 • Arvig- Perham Express Train JUNE 21 Saturday rides W/F/S 10am-3pm • Lakes 99.5 Community Idol 6.20.14

• Perham Lions Motorcycle Run 6.21.14 • United Community Bank Shop Perham & Win • ACE Hardware Frisbee Golf JUNE 14 Saturday Tourney 6.15.14 • KLN $500 Medallion Hunt Starts 6-14-14 • Landmark Liquors $500 JUNE 15 Sunday Medallion Hunt Starts 6-18-14 • Arvig Summer Fun Event JUNE 16 Monday 6.19.14 • Lakes 99.5 & Central MN Credit Union Turtle Races W/F JUNE 17 Tuesday • Coldwell Banker All City Rummage Sale 6.21.14 • PFD Breakfast 6.21.14 & JUNE 18 Wednesday Rotary Breakfast 6.22.14

$10,000 Raffle tickets PCA 346-2787 and Perham Chamber United Community Bank Shop Perham & Win June 2-21 Perham Participating Stores Bean Bag Tournament EOTC History Museum Please pre-register 346-7678 or KLN $500 medallion hunt - Clues at noon on  www.perham.comand lakes 99.5 fm.  Clues until found.

$10,000 Raffle Tickets PCA & Perham Chamber KLN $500 Medallion Hunt -City of Perham UCB Shop Perham & Win Perham Participating Stores

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$10,000 Raffle Ticket PCA & Perham Chamber UCB Shop Perham & Win Perham Participating Stores Farmer’s Market -NP Park Geocaching thru the maze -ITOW Museum Bremer Bank/PLGC Scavenger Hunt Golf - PLGC Turtle Races sponsored by Lakes 99.5 and Central MN Credit Union. City Hall Park 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Arvig Perham Express Train Rides 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Art,Craft & Food VendorsPerham Arts Center 6:15 PM $10,000 Give Away Parade Grand Stand by St. Henry’s School 5:00 PM Parade Checkin TBD Lakes 99.5 Community Idol 6:30 PM Arvig / KLN Grand Parade / Pet Parade 7 pm - close The Brew Friday Night Entertainment 8:00 AM - Noon 10:00-4pm 10 - 5 pm 10:30 AM

Store Open Hours UCB Shop Perham & Win Perham Participating Stores All Day Wood Bat Tournament Krueger and Matts’ Fields All Day Coldwell Banker City Wide Garage Sale All City $10,000 Raffle Tickets PCA & Chamber TBD Perham Lions Motorcycle Run Landmark Liquors & KLN $500 Medallion HuntLil Evil 340 7th Ave NE, Perham 2nd one starts today 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM PFD Breakfast -Perham Fire Station UCB Shop Perham & Win 9:00 AM Perham Health - CC 5k run - Arvig Park Perham Participating Stores 10AM - 4 PM Craft & Food Vendors Perham Arts Center Farmer’s Market -NP Park 10:00 AM - 3 PM Arvig Perham Express Train Rides Sidewalk Chalk Competition,Goose Gang Full Name 4:00 PM Perham Lions Demo Derby & Games Guided Tours ITOW Veterans Museum Title 4:00 PM Goose Gang Event Geocaching thru the maze - ITOWJob Museum 10am - 6pm Props over Perham Fun Fly - West Hwy 10 and 460 St. Community Photo Exhibit 7:30 PM Miss Perham Pageants Hosted by Knuttila Financial Arvig Perham Express Train Rides XXX.XXX.XXXX High School Auditorium Turtle Races sponsored by Lakes 99.5 ERHAM REA and Central MN Credit Union C HAMBER OF C OMMERCE Perham Printing Open House/Coloring Contest UNE Address All entries must be turned in by 3:30pm today! Sheets All Day Wood Bat Tournament Krueger and Matts’ fields will be available June 16-18, City, State, Zip 8am - noon Rotary Breakfast -Lakes Café, Main Street 12:30 Lunch Start Heavenly Hackers Golf Scramble, 2:00 PM Start -9 Holes Perham Lakeside Golf Course 346-6070

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Turtle Fest: Perham’s ultimate summer celebration Marie Johnson It’s the ultimate in family fun: kids’ games, a big parade, train rides, a magic show, turtle races and so much more. It’s nine full days of activities, planned to please all ages and interests. It’s Turtle Fest. And it’s back in Perham for its 30th year. “It’ll be a good time for people,” said Dan Schroeder, executive director of the Perham Area Chamber of Commerce. “Coming to Perham, coming to experience our way of life, coming to our lake area, and then having this summer celebration on top of that... it’ll be a good time.” The chamber has resumed a leadership role with the festival after handing the reins over to a group of volunteers a few years ago. Turtle Fest was later taken over by the Perham Lions, who last year chose to scale back their involvement. For a short time, the fate of the festival was unknown. What was known was that it was going to take the full support of the community to ensure Turtle Fest’s future. Perham was called to action – and it answered. Business owners, civic organizations and individual residents got behind this summer’s festival, helping to organize activities and making donations to ensure Turtle Fest’s success. “The community has stepped up for their summer community event,” said Schroeder. “We’re very thankful to our community for stepping up, not only financially, but also to the groups who 4 | Summer Scene June 2014

Perham’s International Turtle Races are at the heart of Turtle Fest. Races will be held the Wednesday and Friday during Turtle Fest, at 10:30 a.m. at Turtle Park, downtown.

stepped up to coordinate some of the events.” The result of those efforts is a nineday-long festival as chock-full of events as ever, with many old favorites returning, and some promising new things planned. FIRST, WHAT’S NEW: Pet Parade United Way of Otter Tail County has come up with a new way for kids to have fun, be creative, interact with animals and other people, and all while raising money for a good cause. The first-ever Pet Parade, taking place

during Turtle Fest’s Grand Parade (more on that later), will feature families and their pets – dogs, rabbits, ponies and other domesticated animals, except for cats, which are excluded. Many of the pets will be donned in full costume, and owners can win prizes for categories such as ‘Most Unusual Pet’ and ‘Best Overall Costume.’ There will also be an award for ‘Best Stuffed Animal Display,’ as stuffed animals may also be entered. It’s an event-within-an-event that promises to be as much fun for the spectators as the participants. Animals are required to be reined,

New to Turtle Fest this year is the addition of the Miss Perham Pageants, which include competitions for Miss Perham, Miss Heart of the Lakes and Miss Perham’s Outstanding Teen. The new tie-in with Turtle Fest makes sense – pageant winners have a presence at the Turtle Races all summer long. The pageant will be held Saturday, June 21 at Perham High School at 7:30 p.m.

leashed or caged, and must be well trained and socialized. Proceeds from the entry fees will go toward United Way’s Imagination Library. Vintage Motorcycle Show Local man Paul Buendiger, who in the past has organized an annual motorcycle ride as a fundraiser for Dreams for Kids, will this year be holding a vintage motorcycle show instead, with help and support from his wife, Kaie. Funds raised at the show will go to the local children’s charity, just as funds raised from the ride used to. The show will feature at least 50 vintage bikes, 25 years old or older, including some unusual, unique or smaller bikes – “stuff that you don’t see every day on the street,” according to Buendiger. The bikes will come from all around the region, and will be in various conditions. Some may be for sale. The bikes will be on display throughout Turtle Fest, June 14-22, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, in the building next door to Brew Ales and Eats on Main Street. People are invited to stop by any time. A $5 entry fee is requested, and additional donations will be accepted. More new stuff The two museums in town will be getting in on Turtle Fest this year, offering a

Kids’ History Mystery Tour, geocaching through a ‘maze’ and a community photography exhibit. Perham retail businesses will also be getting more involved with Turtle Fest, offering a prize drawing for those who shop at participating stores June 2-21. Shoppers will be able to sign up to win $500 in Perham Bucks at participating retailers. The lucky winner will be announced by June 23. While not a new event for Perham, the Miss Perham Pageants will be new to Turtle Fest this year. The pageants will take place at the Perham High School auditorium on June 21, at 7:30 p.m. A new Miss Perham, Miss Heart of the Lakes and Miss Perham’s Outstanding Teen will all be crowned. Other new events will include Chinese Yo-Yo and Kendama (Japanese toy) demonstrations, an ice cream social, a magic show by local magician Nick Bretz (a.k.a. ImagiNick), a Kids’ Obstacle Course, and a scavenger hunt golf game. A Farmer’s Market will be going on Wednesday, June 18, and the city-wide garage sale will be held Saturday, June 21. RETURNING FAVORITES: Grand Parade Every year, the parade is the icing on Turtle Fest’s cake. Consistently featuring 80-100 floats and big trucks, costumed characters, marching bands and plenty of other funloving participants, the parade is always sure to please people of all ages. This year’s parade will feature three area high school marching bands, appearances by Victor the Viking, Clifford the Big Red Dog and Super Hero Word Girl, and a chance for spectators to win prizes through a cell phone competition. “It’ll be bigger and better than before,” said Tyler Krumweide, the leading organizer of the parade. “Come out, relax, enjoy the parade and shop Perham.” The parade route will be the same as last year, starting at Perham High School and making its way past St. Henry’s Area School before heading toward 8th Avenue SW via 3rd Street SW. Medallion Hunts Amateur sleuths enjoy this annual ‘treasure’ hunt around town, which offers seekers the chance to win cash prizes. This year, two medallions will be hidden in separate locations around town, for two separate hunts. The first hunt will

kick off at noon on Saturday, June 14, with the second beginning Wednesday, June 18. Clues to where the medallions are hidden can be found online at, or heard on the radio at Lakes 99.5FM. The hunts will last until the medallions are found. The first people to find the medallions will each win $500. Turtle Races At the heart of Turtle Fest are its Turtle Races. The races, which started in 1978, were so popular that they became the inspiration behind Turtle Fest. Held every Wednesday all summer long at Turtle Park in downtown Perham, an extra race time will be held during the festival. Races will start at 10:30 a.m. (registration at 10 a.m.) on Wednesday, June 18 and Friday, June 20. Art in the Park Artists and crafters from around the region will display and sell their handmade wares outside the Perham Center for the Arts on Friday, June 20, all day. There will be live music on the grounds throughout most of the day. Arvig Summer Fun Event Arvig, a Perham-based telecommunications company, always draws a large crowd with this annual community event, which features food and activities for kids. It will be taking place this year

Kids’ games, family activities, Perham Express Train Rides, a parade, live entertainment and goodies to eat keep people coming back to Turtle Fest year after year.

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‘Don’t miss’ June events Otter Jam – Saturday, June 7

The Turtle Fest Grand Parade usually has about 100 floats, plus children’s characters, clowns, horseback riders and much more. It’s Perham’s biggest parade of the year, and people line the streets by the hundreds to watch.

from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 19, at 2nd Avenue SW. Perham Express Train Rides This ever-popular touring ‘train’ and its friendly conductors will offer free rides around town on the Wednesday, Friday and final Saturday of Turtle Fest, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Just head to Main Street and you can’t miss it. More returning favorites Many of the old crowd-pleasers will be back again this year, including a demolition derby, Props Over Perham Fun Fly featuring remote-controlled airplane demonstrations, community breakfasts, sports tournaments, and an American Idol-inspired singing competition. This is not a complete list of Turtle Fest events. For a full and most recently updated list, visit

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This brand-new event promises to amp things up in Ottertail. Featuring both local and touring country and classic rock bands, this half-day-long music festival will start at 4 p.m. (gates open two hours earlier) and finish around 10:30 p.m. The Kentucky Headhunters, a County Music Association award-winning group, will headline, with other professional performances by Freebird (a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band) and Jeremiah James Korfe, a musician from Clarissa, Minn., known for his stint on the reality TV dating show “Sweet Home Alabama.” They will perform on a 32x34’ covered main stage with a top-of-the-line sound system. On a side stage, local groups of young musicians will perform, such as the Perham band, Border Patrol. Camping will be available on site for those who prefer to stay overnight. For tickets and more information, visit

Ronald McDonald House Ride – Saturday, June 14 Riders, start your engines. The 13th annual Ronald McDonald House Motorcycle Ride in New York Mills will be held Saturday, June 14 with camping and concerts beginning on Thursday June 12. Rain or shine, the ride will take off from the New York Mills VFW along U.S. Highway 10 at noon. Registration for the ride will be from 9 to 11:30 a.m. After the ride, there will be a hog roast, door prizes, live bands, and a burnout contest. The public is welcome to attend. For more information and complete event details, visit

Great American Think-Off – Saturday, June 14 The Cultural Center in New York Mills will host its popular battle of the minds at the Think-Off on Saturday, June 14 at the New York Mills School auditorium. The debate will begin at 7 p.m. Finalists for the 22nd annual event were chosen based on their essays for the topic “Love or fear: which motivates us more?” Jason Steck and Paul Terry will argue that fear is the greater motivator while Therese Helker and Jennifer Nelson promote the power of love. All are from Minnesota. To reserve tickets or for more information, call 218-385-3339.

Fourth of July Fireworks – Friday, July 4 Celebrate America’s birthday with baseball and fireworks at Krueger Field and Tuffy Stadium on Friday, July 4. The game will start at 7:30 p.m., with the Perham Pirates taking on the Dent Wildcats. Depending on the weather and the baseball game, fireworks are expected to begin around 10 p.m.; somewhat later if the skies are clear. Admission for the game and fireworks is $3 for ages 18 and up, $1 for students and children 12 or under get in for free.

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events calendar June: Every Wednesday in Perham: Perham International Turtle Races. Registration begins at 10 a.m. Races start at 10:30 a.m. For more information, contact the Perham Chamber at 218346-7710 7 – Otter Jam, in Ottertail 12-14 – 13th Annual Ronald McDonald House Benefit Ride in New York Mills ( 14 – Great American Think-Off, at the Cultural Center in New York Mills 14 - 5K and 10K Run, at Paul Miller Park in Perham 14-22 – Turtle Fest 2014, in Perham. See our story in this issue of Summer Scene for more information. 20 – Perham Classic Cruise-In 21 – Miss Perham and Miss Heart of the Lakes Pageants, at Perham High School 27 – Highway 10 Baseball Classic 28 – BBQ Cook-Off, in downtown Perham 28 – Average Joe Triathlon, at Paul Miller Park in Perham July: Every Wednesday in Perham: Perham International Turtle Races. Registration begins at 10 a.m. Races start at 10:30 a.m. For more information, contact the Perham Chamber at 218346-7710 4 – Fourth of July Fireworks, at the East Otter Tail County Fairgrounds/Krueger Field in Perham at 10 p.m. 11 – Relay For Life of East Otter Tail County, at the Perham High School track 11 – Lund Mania Summer Celebration and Fishing Tournament in New York Mills; parade, street dance, vendors and more 11 – Fish Decoy Show and Ice House Decorating Contest and Auction, at the Cultural Center in New York Mills 12 – Kinship Flotilla, at Zorbaz in Perham 12 – Ottertail Community Auction, in Ottertail 12 – Dent Daze, in Dent 12-13 – Phelps Mill Arts Festival, at Phelps Mill, 10 miles north of Underwood ( 18 – Perham Classic Cruise-In 24-26 – Make-A-Wish/Dreams for Kids Ride 24-27 – East Otter Tail County Fair, in Perham ( August: Every Wednesday in Perham: Perham International Turtle Races. Registration begins at 10 a.m. Races start at 10:30 a.m. For more information, contact the Perham Chamber at 218346-7710 1 – Tuffy Nelson Golf Classic at Perham Lakeside Golf Course 2 – Perham Fly-In, at Perham Municipal Airport 7-9 – Crazy Days, in Perham 8-10 – Otter Fest, in Ottertail. Friday night demo, Saturday parade and Sunday pancake feed 15 – Perham Classic Cruise-In 15-17 – Black Powder Rendezvous, at Pioneer Village in Perham

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15 – Annual Corn Feed and Puppet Pageant Festival, in New York Mills 15 – Continental Divide Music and Film Festival, in New York Mills 17 – Cal Miller Bike Race, at Zorbaz in Perham 23-24 – Finn Creek Museum Summer Folk Festival, near New York Mills 29-Sept. 1 – Labor Day Sidewalk Sales, downtown Perham

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The long and lovely road Otter Trail Scenic Byway beckons travelers with beautiful scenery, historic sites and inviting communities lina belar for the focus From pines to prairie, past thousands of lakes and winding rivers, filled with discovery at every turn, scenic byways lead travelers along paths that capture the best of Minnesota. There are 21 Scenic Byways in the state, several of which are also designated as National Scenic Byways. In addition to their scenery, the routes were selected for their cultural, historical, natural and recreational qualities. In Otter Tail County, the Otter Trail Scenic Byway connects the cities of Perham, Battle Lake, Fergus Falls and Pelican Rapids in a circular route that travels past inviting towns, historical sites, state parks, and the serenely beautiful scenery of the west central lakes district. Highway signs featuring a cartoon otter lead the way along the byway. The sign was developed by Chamber of Commerce directors from Perham and Fergus Falls at a time when the scenic byways were first proposed. Interestingly enough, in

a recent marketing survey, a majority of people thought this was the official logo for Otter Tail County. It’s not, but it’s still a friendly face to follow. The circuitous route is 150 miles long and makes a great day trip – one that can be done time and again with different goals in mind. Say, for example, that your idea of a good time is a variety of outdoor activities. In that case, the first go-round to take should be one that includes exploration of the state and county parks along the Otter Trail. About a half-hour south of Perham, off Minnesota State Highway 78, is Glendalough State Park. To get there, travelers pass by several scenic lakes, including Otter Tail Lake, the largest in the county. There are places to stop and park at Glendalough, but don’t linger too long if you want to visit all the parks along the byway in one day. At Glendalough, there are six undeveloped lakes to enjoy and hiking trails of varying lengths. Back in the car, turn south to Battle Lake and then east on Minnesota Highway 210 to Vining. At Vining, check out the

unique giant sculptures the town is known for and then head south toward Urbank before turning west to Inspiration Peak. At 1,750 feet above sea level, Inspiration Peak is the highest point in the county, and one of the highest in the state. There is a steep, but short, path to the summit. From there, on a clear day, you can see for miles around. At this point, you might want to head toward Fergus Falls. On the way, you’ll run into the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center, where a nature trail and boardwalk wind through restored grasslands and wetlands. Visit Fergus Falls, then head north on County Highway 1 toward Phelps Mill County Park, where a picturesque 1889 flour mill has been preserved, along with a historic bridge over the Otter Tail River. One of the best naturally regulated waterways in the country, the river offers numerous opportunities for fishing, swimming, tubing and canoeing. Continue following the friendly face of the otter along several highway name changes until you reach U.S. Highway 59,

Left: Woodland Drive, in Maplewood State Park, is especially photo-worthy in the fall, as the leaves are turning colors, but the park is beautiful all year long. Right: The History Museum of East Otter Tail County, in Perham, is one of several museums and historic places to visit along the Otter Trail Scenic Byway.

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which goes north to Pelican Rapids. At Pelican Rapids, go east on Highway 108 to the entrance of Maplewood State Park, where it is possible to spend the rest of the afternoon driving through lush woods, swimming in clean, clear lakes or hiking a treasure trove of trails. People find Maplewood beautiful all year long, but it’s spectacular in the fall, when the basswood, oak, and sugar maple trees create a palette of colors hard to find elsewhere. From Maplewood, the Otter Trail leads back to Perham, where a variety of options for dinner can be found as you wind down your trip. There’s much to be seen along the Otter Trail Scenic Byway: art, museums, historical markers, quaint gift shops and clever thrift stores. And what about all those secret spots to fish, or places to stop and take a stunning photograph? The Otter Trail connects so much worth seeing that it’s hard not to be overwhelmed. Just remember: this is something you can do again and again. MUSEUMS In Perham, the In Their Own Words Veterans Museum is a one-of-a-kind museum based entirely on the oral his-

tories of area veterans. Also in Perham, the History Museum of East Otter Tail County provides fascinating glimpses into the people, places and events of the area. In Battle Lake, the Prospect House and Civil War Museum holds the remarkable history of one man’s family and his experiences as a soldier in the Civil War. The Otter Tail County Historical Museum in Fergus Falls is sometimes referred to as one of the best county museums in the state, known for its interpretive exhibits and and exceptional research library. HISTORICAL MARKERS Eleven miles south of Perham, on Highway 78, a historical monument and interpretive sign marks the original town site of Ottertail City, on Otter Tail Lake. Established in 1858, Ottertail City was the first county seat. Because everyone believed the railroad would come through the city, it developed rapidly into a booming community. By 1870, there were over 1,000 residents, most of them living in tents. To serve the town, there were blacksmith shops, carpenter shops, a brewery, a wholesale liquor store, and 36 saloons, where all kinds of gambling flourished.

When the Northern Pacific Railroad chose a route further to the north, the town disappeared, almost overnight, and the county seat moved to Fergus Falls. Later, when the Soo Line Railroad was constructed in 1904, a new Ottertail City was built a few miles to the east of Highway 78, on Highway 108. About midway down the eastern shore of Otter Tail Lake is a historical marker for the Craigie Flour Mill. James G. Craigie came to Minnesota and built a dam on the creek that runs into Otter Tail Lake at Balmoral, where he also built a grist mill. His enterprise, “Snow Flake Flour,” became a great success. The first historical monument in Otter Tail County was erected in 1928 at Old Clitherall, the first permanent settlement of Europeans in the county. It was founded by the Cutlerites, a branch of the Mormons who fled religious persecution in Illinois. The marker for the now vanished settlement of “Old Town” is two miles from the present town of Clitherall, named for a U.S. land officer, George B. Clitherall. Phelps Mill, from which the county park takes its name, was built in 1888 along the banks of the Otter Tail River. The drought of 1938 brought the river

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so low that the mill had to be closed. In 1965, the mill and the grounds were established as a county park. The mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In the mill are display panels on each floor explaining the process and machinery. Pelican Rapids lays claim to the oldest resident of North America, that of “The Minnesota Woman.” In 1931, a highway crew discovered the skeletal remains of a young woman believed to be at least 10,000 – and possibly as many as 20,000 – years old, a member of a race who lived virtually in the shadow of glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age. The historical marker is located three miles north of Pelican Rapids, on U.S. Highway 59. ART The new Perham Center for the Arts, housed in the former St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, has hosted several exhibits and concerts, and is planning many more. The Lakes Area Community Center in Battle Lake sponsors a 13-week summer concert series called “Come To The Lakes,” which includes well-known area groups as well as some very talented local artists. Also in Battle Lake, Art of the Lakes gallery fea10 | Summer Scene June 2014

tures the work of 125 visual artists. In Vining, artist Ken Nyberg has used the whole town as a backdrop for his giant sculptures. A giant clothespin, a pair of pliers squishing a bug, potted cactus, deer and an elephant made mostly of lawn mower blades are just a few of the current line-up. One of Nyberg’s sculptures, a giant otter, is located in the city of Ottertail, at the intersection of Highways 78 and 108. Fergus Falls contains two important galleries – the Kaddatz and Lake Region Art Gallery, as well as the renowned Center for the Arts. Formerly a movie theatre and vaudeville house, the Center for the Arts presents high-quality music, dance and theatre programs all year long. Also, the Minnesota State Community and Technical College, M-State in Fergus Falls, hosts a variety of art exhibits and programs that are open to the public. PLACES TO PHOTOGRAPH AND ENJOY NATURE Rush Lake, to the east of Highway 78 where it enters the Otter Tail River, and the small lake to the west are great places to see wildlife. At sunset, it’s often possible to capture a memorable picture. Parking is available on either side of the

old bridge approaches. Glendalough State Park has abundant wildflowers and wildlife. Sit quietly someplace for a while and something is sure to happen. Eagles are seen more frequently in the county than they used to be. Osprey nests are often found atop power line poles or other tall poles. Battle Lake has some interesting buildings to photograph. In late afternoon, check out the wood buildings north of the grain elevator. Nyberg’s sculptures in Vining are photogenic anytime. A cloudy or hazy day will give interesting results. The historic State Hospital in Fergus Falls is worth a photograph or two. Recently spared from the wrecking ball, its future is still unknown. For more information, contact the Otter Tail County Historical Society. In addition to its historical importance, Phelps Mill is probably the most widely photographed and painted site in the county. Go on a sunny day when the red of the mill really stands out. Maplewood State Park is a photographer’s paradise in fall, when beautiful pictures are assured. All year long, the park has vistas to capture, as does the road between Maplewood and Perham.

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Local motor enthusiasts introduce two new seasonal events Marie Johnson If you have an eye for vintage or unique cars, trucks or motorcycles, you’re in for some real treats this summer. Local motor enthusiasts have created two new seasonal events in lieu of the annual Perham car show, which will not be held this year. The Perham Classic Cruise-Ins and Hot Rod Hangouts are both recurring events that will take place one evening a month, all summer long. The Cruise-Ins are held the third Friday of every month in downtown Perham, from 5-9 p.m. Hot Rod Hangouts are held the second Sunday of every month from 4-6 p.m., in various locations including Perham, New York Mills, Vergas and Ottertail. Both events are geared toward the ‘car crowd,’ offering opportunities for taking the ‘toys’ out for a spin and talking some shop. The public is more than welcome to attend; share in some ‘car talk’ with the experts, or just browse. Perham Cruise-Ins “There’s no such thing as too much fun.” That’s the thought behind the Perham Classic Cruise-Ins. Every third Friday of the month, all summer long, classic cars and motorcycles of all colors, makes and models will line the streets of downtown Perham. Meanwhile, their drivers and riders will gather at local restaurants and stores, grabbing a bite to eat and socializing. Some even bring lawn chairs with them, setting up a temporary ‘camp’ on Main Street’s sidewalks. The Cruise-Ins started May 16, and the first one was deemed a success after a strong turnout despite chilly weather. People showed up from all over the area, including Perham, Detroit Lakes, Vergas, Park Rapids and other communities. 12 | Summer Scene June 2014

Above: Perham held its first ever Cruise-In on Friday, May 16, drawing in a strong crowd of classic car-lovers from all around the region. Groups of car and motorcycle enthusiasts from Perham, Detroit Lakes, Vergas and other surrounding communities gathered along Main Street, some even setting up lawn chairs on the sidewalk. Below; The Cruise-Ins are intended to bring people to Perham’s downtown district, giving them an excuse to grab a bite to eat, socialize and show off their cars and bikes.

Frank Vorderbruggen, a leading organizer of the Cruise-Ins, said he’s hoping as many as 100 cars will show up at future events, as the weather warms and people get more antsy to get their classic cars and bikes out of the garage. “I want to fill the streets,” he said.

“There are a ton of collector cars in the area, and a ton of bikes, and people are just frothing at the mouth to get them out and show them off.” Open to all classic car and bike owners, the Cruise-Ins have no formalities, no judges, and no prizes. They simply

Hot Rod Hangouts began May 11 in Perham. They will be held every month in Perham, at different locations, all summer long.

For more information about the Cruise-Ins, call Frank Vorderbruggen at 218-849-2701. Hot Rod Hangouts Similar to the Cruise-Ins, but open to any and all vehicles and with a focus on bringing “motorheads” together to share their car-building know-how, Hot Rod Hangouts are organized by a new club in town called Jems and Jalopies Motor Club. Shawn Weatherhead, a member of the local car club, started Jems and Jalopies with his sons and a couple of their

Vintage auto enthusiasts love to get together and talk shop about their cars, trucks and motorcycles.

offer casual opportunities for classic auto owners to meet up and brush the dust off their ‘babies.’ “You just show up, have a burger, and talk with other car and bike people,” said Vorderbruggen. “It’s just a fun atmosphere. There’s no such thing as too much fun.” Vorderbruggen and his friend, Mike Yokum of Perham Auto Repair, modeled the Cruise-Ins after a similar event held in Detroit Lakes every summer. They talked to the owners of The Brew and The Station House restaurants to get them on board, and then approached the Perham Chamber and city officials, all of whom “were all for it,” according to Vorderbruggen. The Cruise-Ins are intended to bring attention to Perham’s Main Street area restaurants and shops, some of which will offer special deals and extended evening hours in return. “We thought it would be a nice way to promote Perham’s downtown district,” said Vorderbruggen. “Anything I can do to give back to the community.” Cars may park up and down Main Street and its side streets, with reserved parking offered on the north side of Main Street and in the parking lot behind City Hall. No special criteria needs to be met to take part in the Cruise-Ins. Vorderbruggen suggests that classic car and bike owners simply “let your pride be your guide.”

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One auto owner at the May Cruise-In had a good sense of humor about ‘rubberneckers’ and sightseers who can’t keep their hands in their pockets.

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Not just for cars, both the Cruise-Ins and Hot Rod Hangouts are also welcoming to vintage motorcycles.

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Finger-lickin’ food and fun At Perham’s Second Annual Rib Cook-Off Elizabeth Huwe Looking for a sizzling good time complete with ribs, music and games? The Perham Lions’ Second Annual Rib CookOff is sure to hit the spot. “I was told it was the ‘event of the summer,’” Perham Lion Mark Schmidt, the cook-off’s chairperson, said after last year’s event. Rain or shine, cookers will kick off on the morning of Saturday, June 28 at 157 Second Street SW in Perham (outside the former United Community Bank building). Fun for everyone else will begin at noon with live music by Dan Holt, Schmidt said. There will also be a bean bag tournament. Food will be served around 4 p.m.

Entries at the Cook-Off are evaluated by a team of judges.

Participants prepare their entries moments before sending them to the judge’s tables at the first annual Perham Lions Rib Cook-Off last year.

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with ribs, corn, chicken, turkey legs, root beer floats and more on the menu. Brew Ales and Eats will also be on site, running a beer garden. Items will be sold for $1 each, said Schmidt, and all food will be served until gone. Organizers plan to have 25 teams competing in two divisions: the main contest and Yellowjacket’s Choice. Prizes will be awarded through fourth place for the main contest. Yellowjacket’s Choice will have first and second place titles. Rose City BBQ took first place in the main contest last year, with Kicking Boar BBQ taking the Yellowjackets’ Choice honors. Only the ribs will be judged for the competition. Judges will be looking at the taste, tenderness and texture of the

ribs. Appearance will be used as a tie breaker, should a tie occur. All of the proceeds from the cookoff go toward supporting Yellowjacket Activities for the Perham-Dent School District. At the 2013 cook-off, the community and attendees raised $5,000 to fund programs. As of mid-May, 15 cookers had registered and reserved their spots for this year’s contest. Those interested in seeing how their ribs stack up against the competition may enter through June 14. Call Mark Schmidt at 298-2368 for more information. Teams must supply their own equipment and power in addition to conforming to Minnesota Department of Health food handling requirements.

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historic churches of the Perham area Lina Belar For the Focus St. Lawrence Church About 11 miles south of Perham, and a short distance east on County Road 14, is St. Lawrence Church of Rush Lake, the first Catholic Church in the area. It was built by a colony of Germans who left Mercer County, Ohio because of religious difficulties. The first arrivals included Joseph Boedigheimer, Joseph A. Doll and Casper Schoeneberger, who came to Rush Lake by way of the Crow Wing Trail. They settled in the area in 1866 with their priest, Joseph M. Albrecht, and were joined shortly after by 50 more settlers who left Ohio to escape a Jacob Doll was one of the first pioneers to arrive from Ohio and settle in Rush Lake, where they established St. Lawrence Church, the first Catholic church built in the area.

St. Lawrence Catholic Church, built in 1880.

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cholera outbreak. The community consisted of brothers and sisters of the Society of the Most Precious Blood and families who settled on homesteads in the area. The original religious community was supported in part by a farm on which the brothers and sisters worked. The first church was made of logs, but it was the same size and in the same location as the present church. In the spring of 1879, fire destroyed the log church. The present church was built the following year. Bells, which had been brought from Baden, Germany, were saved from the old church. After Fr. Albrecht died in 1884, the church at Rush Lake, which had been dedicated to “Our Mother of Miracles” and called St. Mary’s at the time, was without a priest. The Benedictines received title to 700 acres of land, including the church site. In 1885, Father Lawrence Steinkoeer organized the parish and the name was changed to St. Lawrence, after the priest’s patron Saint. The Benedictines retained control until 1896, when Abbot Bernard turned the parish over to Bishop Zardetti of St. Cloud. In 1952, the Precious Blood Fathers were again given control. Today, St. Lawrence is part of the St. Cloud Diocese. The last Precious Blood Father was Father Meyer, who left in 1985. The church continues to have a strong and active community of members. The interior has been remodeled but still retains the woodcarvings of the altar that had been brought from Germany in the 1880s, as well as a number of statues. To accommodate the increased population in summer, mass is held outdoors, on a carpet of grass, surrounded by pine trees and the sounds and smells of nature. In early summer, the songs of frogs rise from the nearby swamp, and sometimes a curious chipmunk or squirrel attends the service. Later in summer, chamomile growing wild in the parking

lot releases its sweet smell. The first Sunday in August, the church hosts a Polka Fest, to which everyone is invited to join in a rollicking good time.

The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, built in 1887, still stands today as the History Museum of East Otter Tail County. Prior to that, it served as the Perham library from 1929 until 1997.

Episcopal Church of the Redeemer The History Museum of East Otter Tail County, located on First Avenue (County Highway 8) in Perham, just north of the railroad tracks, began its public life about 126 years ago. Around New Year’s Day of 1888, the first celebration of divine services was held by Rev. E.S. Polke in what was then called the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer. The church, as such, lasted less than 10 years. A split in the congregation caused people to go across town to the Methodist (Episcopal) Church (now the United Methodist), or just drift away. By the 1920s, the American Legion Burelbach Post No. 61 had taken over the building and suggested that it could also be used as a library. Perham’s library remained in the building until near the end of the 20th century, when the new library was opened. In 1998, the building became home to the History Museum of East Otter Tail County. A capital grant from the Minnesota Historical Society helped to restore the building, and a few years later the cupola, visible in early photographs, was restored. The original stone work on the build-





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ing was done by Nathaniel McConachie, a master stonemason who came from Scotland. He built a number of stone churches in Minnesota and North Dakota. All the churches were inspired by medieval gothic architecture, with a belfry tower, steeply pitched roof, wooden doors with iron strap hinges, deeply recessed openings and roughly hewn and irregularly sized field stones. A perfectly-matched addition was added to the north of the building in 1941. The south section still looks much like it did when it was first built in 1887, with the addition of gardens created and maintained by the local Lady Slipper Garden Club. St. Stanislaus Catholic Church On the corner of 1st Avenue NE and 5th Street NE is the St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, which was built to serve the Polish population of Perham. It was first organized in 1883, and

was the wealthiest Catholic church in Otter Tail County by the turn of the century. It was also the largest, in terms of membership, with over 750 members. The first Polish church was a wood frame building erected in 1884 for $10,000. Services were conducted in Polish and Latin. A Polish Catholic School soon followed. By the 1920s, the parish decided to build a more permanent structure and commissioned the renowned architect, Victor Cordella, to design it. The priest at the time, Father Kuzniak, set high standards for this building. According to correspondence and church documents, it appears the contractors may have found him a bit difficult to work with, but the resulting church, which opened in 1922, was well-built and unique in the area, with a bell tower completely clad in copper. The building has not been used as a church since 2009, when the parish joined forces with St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Perham, thus ending a 125-year-old legacy of the Polish having their own house of worship. In 2010, the History Museum of East Otter Tail County commissioned an evaluation of St. Stanislaus in order to determine its eligibility for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The building is now under the auspices of the Perham Center for the Arts. St. Henry’s Catholic Church St. Henry’s Roman Catholic Church of Perham was incorporated April 23,

1885. The present brick structure is located on 2nd Avenue SW, a block and a half to the south of Main Street. It was built in 1905, replacing an earlier wood church from 1875. A major addition matching the existing building was added on in 2012. Next to the church is the present St. Henry’s Area School, which was built in 1916. The first Catholic school in town opened in 1883 in a wood frame building. There were 60 pupils, both Catholic and Protestant. Two Benedictine nuns made up the first faculty. Only German was spoken in school, thus the students had to memorize their Baltimore Catechism in German. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Another Catholic church deserves mention, although it is no longer standing. In 1867, a year after the arrival of the settlers at Rush Lake, a group arrived from Stearns County, Minn., to settle at what became St. Joseph, near Marion Lake. They were followed the next year by a number of homesteaders, including Michael Schmitz, Florian Fehr, Martin Fiedler, George Seifert, George Reider, Joe Zimmerman and Balthazar Fuchs. The parish of St. Joseph was founded in 1869 by Father Francis Pierz. The first church was built of logs in 1871 and had a dirt floor. It was replaced in 1882 when Father Joseph F. Buh was pastor. In 1898, the church was enlarged and refurbished. Father John Wildenberg served the parish from 1925 until 1965 and continued living in the parish in retirement until his death in 1966. The church was destroyed by fire in 1965. Photos courtesy of the History Museum of East Otter Tail County

Top: The first St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Perham, a wood frame building constructed in 1884. Above: In 1922, a new, more permanent church was built, designed by renowned architect Victor Cordella. The building is now under the auspices of the Perham Center for the Arts, housing concerts, plays and art exhibits.

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St. Henry’s Catholic Church, pictured in 1875, top, and the later structure built in 1905. The church still stands and is in use today, plus a major addition that was put on in 2012.

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, seen here around 1950, was built in 1882. It was destroyed by fire in 1965.

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Live​your​dreams​with​this​amazing​property​on​​ Dead​Lake!​850​feet​of​gorgeous​lake​shore,​​ 11.5​acres,​6​cabins,​7​RV​sites,​tent/campsite​area,​ storage​sheds​and​a​large​pole​building.

Turn-key​opportunity.​This​very​well​maintained​“like​ new”​mobile​home​&​35​foot​travel​trailer​(both​with​full​ decks)​will​provide​relaxation​along​with​opportunity​to​ invite​guests​or​family​member​to​enjoy​Dead​Lake.​Each​ home​has​a​separate​drive​allowing​for​even​more​privacy.

2​bedroom,​1​bath​with​recent​updates:​windows,​ exterior​doors,​refinished​maple​hardwood​floors,​ refinished​kitchen​cabinets​and​new​counter​tops.​​ Over-sized​garage​and​full​basement​complete​this​ lovely​property.​Move​in​ready!




#20-11815 • $175,900

#20-12905 • $164,000

#20-12188 • $324,500

Rural​Dent​home.​3​bedroom,​2​bath​rambler​located​on​5​ acres​features​a​2​stall​attached​garage,​main​floor​laundry,​ wood​burning​fireplace,​2nd​kitchen​and​a​large​lower​level​ family​room.​Updates​include​steel​siding,​roof,​septic,​well​ and​a​good-size​steel​building.​Additional​acreage​available.

Charming​2​bedroom​cabin​on​Big​Pine​Lake.​​ New​garage​in​2007​with​separate​sleeping​area.​​ Cabin​sold​with​most​furnishings​including​riding​ mower​and​Homecrest​furniture,​dock​&​lift.​​ Enjoy​Big​Pine​Lake​-​great​fishing​&​boating!

Marion​Lake,​North​Shore!​Completely​level​lot​featuring​great​ swimming​beach​and​mature​trees.​Comfortable​home​with​ large​rooms​including​kitchen​w/breakfast​bar,​formal​dining,​ spacious​foyer,​living​room​with​gas​fireplace,​2​large​bedrooms,​ 2​baths,​attached​garage​and​storage!​And​a​14​x​24​bonus​room!




#20-11489 • $299,000

#20-12187 • $288,500

#20-12355 • $179,900

Listen​to​the​sound​of​silence.​Montana​Lodge​pole​home​ features​4​bedrooms,​2​baths,​vaulted​ceilings,​custom​cabinets,​ heated​floors​throughout​main​floor​(including​the​garage),​rock​ wood​burning​fireplace,​over​800​sq.​ft.​of​decking​and​a​gazebo.​ Lot​offers​200’​of​frontage,​is​level​to​the​water​and​landscaped.

Bachanan​Lake!​Year​round​home​features​2​bedrooms​ and​a​master​suite.​One​level​for​ease,​a​gas​fireplace​ surrounded​by​bookcases,​great​lake​views,​and​ maintenance​free​exterior​add​to​the​charm.​100’​on​ water​with​nicely​sloping​lot.​Lots​of​trees!

S​ pacious​4-5​bedroom​home​located​on​3+​acres​in​quiet​ country​neighborhood.​3​full​baths,​gas​fireplace,​central​air,​ laminate​floors​and​updates​to​include​new​windows​and​ gutters​in​2010​and​updated​septic.​Laminate​floors​installed​ April​2013.​Private​yard​surrounded​by​large​mature​trees.​




#20-12943 • $459,900

#20-11458 • $294,500

#20-11632 • $185,000

Executive​home​on​beautiful​Marion​Lake.​205’​of​lake​shore​and​located​on​a​peninsula,​provides​a​very​private​setting.​Open​design,​huge​ lakeside​windows,​10’​ceilings,​island​kitchen​and​gracious​master​ suite.​3​stall​plus​finished​garage​with​finished​den​&​3/4​bath.​Updates​ include​sprinkler​systems,​rip-rap,​birch​floors​and​new​carpet.

Completely​remodeled​lake​home​featuring​custom​granite​counter​tops,​new​siding,​decks,​stamped​concrete​patio,​2​bedrooms,​den,​open​kitchen-living-dining​ with​vaulted​ceilings​and​great​lake​views.​The​100’​lot​has​an​easy​access​walking​ path​to​the​lake.​Little​McDonald​Lake​has​exceptionally​clear​water​&​this​lot​is​ weed​free​with​a​hard​sand​bottom.​An​affordable​option​on​a​great​lake.

Brand​new​contemporary​design​home.​3​bedrooms,​ 2​full​baths​on​the​main​level​which​includes​a​Master​ Suite​with​walk​in​closet​and​full​bath.​Full​unfinished​ basement​gives​you​room​to​grow​and​add​equity.​You​ wont​be​disappointed.

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Chad anderson



Broker 218-640-0068

Vaun roy Bruhn assoc. Broker 218-371-7213

Terry MarThaler sales associate 218-234-1361

More listings and photos online at ED! EDUC R E C PRI

LITTLE McDONALD LAKE - Custom built 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath, 1.75 story dream home! Exceptional workmanship & materials with a focus on details. Gourmet kitchen with maple cabinets, granite/corian counter tops, & high end appliances. This home has beautiful, unique flooring, vaulted ceilings, outdoor kitchen, 200’ of perfectly elevated lake frontage, plus a 2.5 acre backlot.







Country Home, 40 Acres, 2003 Dent Home, Large garage, Geo-thermal heating and cooling, quality finished 5 bedroom 4 bath, covered porches, outbuildings including a newer barn that could be converted into an amazing storage shed or shop. Adjacent to 322 Acres of public land to enjoy. Great location between Perham and Fergus Falls.


Spacious and Stunning 5 Bdrm 3 Bath Perham Home just Minutes from Downtown. Great Floor Plan with Large Entry, Closets, and Mudroom from Garage, Then a Vaulted Great Room, spoiled with light from the adjacent sunroom. Hickory cabinets shine in the open kitchen. Let’s not forget the Royal master suite (A Must see!) Then follow the open staircase to a Full Finished Lower Level (A great Hide out)!





Rush Lake Home! 4 bedroom 2 bath with a mostly finished lower level. Oak kitchen cabinets with snack bar, maintenance-free exterior and central air. Large lakeside deck, screened gazebo and two 26’ x 24’ insulated garages with door openers for the vehicles and lake toys. Lawn irrigation and a large sunny area for gardens. Beautiful views and sunsets!


Just three miles from Perham this Lake Home is a perfect retreat. Located on 180’ of prime Lakeshore on Beautiful Big Pine Lake. The 1.8 acre ‘’park like’’ yard, complete with mature Oak trees and a tar driveway is sure to catch your eye. Add to this a 26’ x 40’ heated garage for all your toys and you have it all. Big Pine Lake is well known in the area for its fishing and natural beauty.


Buchanan Lake - Enjoy your summers here until your ready to make it your permanent home. New 3 stall garage converted into a very comfortable cabin. Lakeside deck and fire pit. This Tree covered lot has privacy and gorgeous sunsets. Gradual slope to clean and clear frontage. Buchanan Lake is 963 acres with 11.8 ft clarity.





Location! Location!... 5 Bdrm 4 bath Perham Home with private back yard and Lawn Irrigation. Also new shingles, wood fireplace, large kitchen, Master suite, huge family room, new furnace and A/C units, central vacuum. This home borders the public school grounds. Quality spacious home in a great location.

Newer 2004 home on 4 Acres - This 3 bdrm 2 bath has been perfectly maintained. Partially finished basement with more potential. Over sided two stall garage with give ample room for parking and storage. Great Location to Perham, NYMills, Richville and Ottertail. Priced under Appraised Value.

Buchanan Lake - 6.78 Acre lot with perfect level wooded 100ft of Frontage. Sandy beach with some reeds. Very private setting, No Covenants. Property is a perfect setting to camp and enjoy until you’re ready to build your dream home.

Quiet Cabin on Rush Lake - Large 1.2 Acre lot with great sand frontage and private wooded walking trails. Cozy 2 bdrm in great condition, storage sheds. fire pit, and room for yard games. Great Property at an affordable price. Invest and Enjoy!

Rush Lake - Beautiful and private. Great lake access. Perfectly maintained, new shingles, new deck and siding stain and new carpets. Large lakeside windows, hot tub room, office with private entry. Large master bedroom. Great fishing and recreation lake.




Perfect, Clean, Maintained West Wind home. New Shingles, New Carpet, Professionally cleaned, and ready to move in! This large 3 bedroom 2 bathroom is close to the walking track, golf course, and Lake! Great Location! All Appliances included.


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Ph. 218-367-2716 217 MN. Hwy 78 N. Ottertail MN. 56571 email: website:



36349 ROUND LAKE LOOP OttERtAiL, MN 56571 • Well kept Round Lake home with 187’ of sandy frontage • 2 bedrooms, 2 baths • 1-1/2 attached garage and 3 stall detached garage $217,000 MLS#20-1427

221 MN-78 OttERtAiL MN • Award winning bakery in Ottertail • Completely equipped for a full line bakery • Seller will train $180,000 MLS#20-5353

33472 tURtLE ViEw tR AiL UNDERwOOD, MN • 2 bedroom, 1 bath year around home w/walk out basement • Located on South Turtle Lake • Dock included $169,000 MLS#20-10631

44814 CRiMsON DRiVE OttERtAiL, MN • Buchanan Lake in the heart of Otter Tail County • Comfortable 3 season cabin on level north shore lot • Sandy beach and mature trees $269,900 MLS#20-12350

wADENA MN 56482 • 3 bedrooms, 1 3/4 baths with mud room, family room and wet bar • 4 stall insulated, heated garage • New metal roofs $148,900 MLS#20-12334

45658 375th PERhAM MN 56573 • 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom stylish log home • Stone fireplace • Level lot with 200’ frontage $299,000 MLS#20-10738

48907 PAiNtED LEAf hENNiNg MN 56551 • Custom built lake home on sandy beach on West Leaf Lake • Full custom kitchen with second kitchen in walk-out • 3,834 total square feet. Quality built! $439,000 MLS#20-12002

39323 CO. RD. 1 RiChViLLE MN 56576 • Affordable Ottertail Lake Property • 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom • 3.5 acres include 150’ of Ottertail Lake frontage $134,000 MLS#20-6312

111 sAwMiLL OttERtAiL MN 56571 • 3 bedroom 2 bath home in the pines was built in 2005 • Cathedral ceiling in the large great room with exposed log beams • In-floor heat in house and garage $153,000 MLS#20-10451

D L SO sUgAR MAPLE DRiVE OttERtAiL MN 56571 • $18,000 under tax market value!!! • 182’ of shoreline on level lot on 1,173 acre Long Lake $44,900 MLS#20-10387

40788 iNDiAN OttERtAiL MN 56571 • Custom built log home on 2.5 acres with 172’ of sand beach • 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths • 34 X 64 toy shed $749,000 MLS#20-12590

41818 RiViERA DRiVE OttERtAiL, MN • Nearly new custom home on quiet cul-de-sac road • Beautiful landscaped 110’ level lot with a sandy beach • 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and a lot of nice amenities $749,900 MLS#20-12332

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Check out these great restaurants for a variety of delicious options perham AREA BREW ALES & EATS Local, fresh and creative! Delicious sandwiches, salads, burgers and more! 24 tap beers, unique cocktails, craft beer and wine. Daily lunch specials and happy hour. Check our website for our live music schedule! Open daily at 11. 124 East Main Street, Perham 218-346-5932 Skal Bar & Grill “Awesome, Awesome, Awesome!” Beer battered onion rings, a great tasting signature burger or build your own just the way you like it -- all your favorites on tap -- now that’s dinner! You won’t be disappointed! Excellent daily specials also available. 319 East Frazee Ave., Vergas 218-342-7525

The Cactus The Cactus is open daily for lunch at 11. Our dinner menu is available at 5. Enjoy fine dining in a casual atmosphere. We are known for our hand cut steaks prepared over charcoal. Our menu ranges from seafood and steaks, ribs, poultry, pasta and salads to burgers, baskets and pizzas. Our full bar and wine list compliments any menu entrée. 43521 Fort Thunder Road, Perham 218-346-2554

The Galaxy, Resort and Restaurant Your Lake Place Since 1945! Famous for our Broasted Chicken! Full menu restaurant open daily from 5-10 p.m. Full Bar Available! Enjoy full bar and menu on deck overlooking Star Lake mid-June through mid-August. Seven miles west of Dent on Hwy 108, ½ mile South on Cty. Hwy. 41 218-758-2841

Wild Oaks Grille Wild Oaks is perfect for engagement parties, groom’s dinners, outdoor wedding ceremonies and receptions. Golf cart rentals, bar and food features, game day specials outdoor patio seating. 2727 450th St., Perham 218-346-6070

The Doug Out Happy Hour Monday and Wednesday 4-6. Entertainment on weekends. Featuring Chicken and Ribs on Fridays Nights, and mouthwatering prime rib on Saturday nights. Darts, Pool, Off-Sale. Full menu and daily drink specials. 104 1st Avenue, Dent 218-758-8000

WILLY T’S AT THUMPER POND Specializing in house-roasted, hand-carved meats, homemade sauces, sandwiches, pizzas and burgers. All prepared from scratch. Plus, a fun, casual atmosphere perfect for any size family or group. Our tavern is the perfect place to refuel during your vacation, and enjoy live entertainment on the patio every Thursday beginning at 6:00 pm. Kitchen hours: Monday-Thursday 7 am-9 pm, Friday & Saturday 7 am-10 pm. Bar hours: Sunday-Thursday until close, Friday-Saturday open until 1 am. 300 Thumper Lodge Road, Ottertail 218-367-2000

Bleachers Bar & Grill If sports, burgers and beer rank high on your score board, then come to Bleachers for a hat trick. Voted the best burgers in the Lakes Area, new to menu, taco grinders, philly sandwich, french fries, ALL the sports games you could ever hope to watch on their flat screen TV’s and a scenic deck overlooking Dead Shot Bay for relaxing outdoors. 1/2 price appetizers on Thursdays, Karaoke throughout the year. Don’t forget about 2-4-1 burgers every Sunday! 25807 Cty. Hwy. 22 • Detroit Lakes, MN 218-844-6820

The Otter Supper Club Early Bird Menu, 7 days a week, 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays: BOGO free burger night. Dine in only. Wednesdays: Free pitcher with pizza. Thursdays: Pasta special with half price bottles. On-off site catering available. 306 N MN Hwy 78, Ottertail 218-367-2525

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Happy Hour Monday - Friday • 4pm-6pm 2 for 1 specials! Weekly Lunch Buffet Outdoor Patio Don’t forget to book your parties, Call Blake at 218-346-2554 extension 5, or e-mailing your parties information to:

Bar and Food Features Game Day Specials Outdoor Patio To book your party call Blake at 218-346-6070 or email at

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Callaway Liquor Store If daily drink specials, Cadillac Jack Gaming machines, Bingo and Pull Tab Tournaments plus great pizzas sound like a good time to you, then look no further than the Callaway Liquor Store! We’re closer than you think and definitely worth the 10 minute cruise up Hwy. 59. Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. Hwy 59 N. • Callaway, MN • 218-375-3133

Hotel Shoreham Since 1910, the Hotel Shoreham has been greeting guests with lakeside beauty, fine cuisine and famous pizzas. Take a journey back in time when you step into this historical landmark for a memorable dining experience. You’ll enjoy the ambiance as much as their famous ribs, seafood, steak and pastas. 1/2 mile west of Detroit Country Club on Lake Melissa. 218-847-9894

Cenex Community Coops Hot Stuff Pizza A&W If quality and convenience is what you’re looking for, then head on over to the Cenex Convenience Store located on Hwy. 34 East. Fresh made pizzas from Hot Stuff and famous A&W cheeseburgers are sure to satisfy your appetite. If you’re in a hurry, use the drive thru located on the South side of the building. 911 Hwy. 34 East • Detroit Lakes, MN 218-847-3190

Main Street Restaurant If you want to experience one of Detroit Lakes’ ‘local hangouts’, you have to stop by Main Street Restaurant! They have been voted the “Best Breakfast in Town” and they are sure to deliver. Main Street Restaurant offers quality, homemade food and big portions at a reasonable price. Hours: Mon-Fri. 7:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Sat. 7:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.; Sun. 8:00 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.; 900 Washington Ave. • Detroit Lakes, MN; 218-847-3344

Holiday Inn When you come into the Icehouse Restaurant, the first thing you will notice is the view. Overlooking Big Detroit Lake, you will experience both sunrises and sunsets with windows from floor to ceiling and seasonal lakeside patio seating. During the cold months, we keep the fireplace lit for your comfort. If you are looking for a sports bar environment, you could select the Holiday Beach Bar & Grill, complete with 10 flat panel televisions and excellent menu. 1155 Hwy 10 East • Detroit Lakes, MN 218-847-2121


mcDONALDS The menu you love, plus so much more! Since 1955, we’ve been proud to serve the world some of its favorite food. And along the way, we’ve managed not just to live history, but create it: from drive-thru restaurants to Chicken McNuggets. 415 Frazee St E, Detroit Lakes, MN (218) 847-3558 Speak easy We offer a full menu of Italian and American cuisine. Nightly specials Monday through Friday. Stop in for lunch and enjoy delicious sandwiches, salads and pastas. We have something for everyone and we are the perfect choice for catering and for weddings and parties. Call or stop in today! 1100 N Shore Dr • Detroit Lakes, MN 218-844-1326

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THE YOGURT PLACE The Yogurt Place strives to bring you not only the finest frozen yogurts and toppings, but we also offer Gelato, Italian, Ice, and Custard. With classic frozen yogurt flavors such as Vanilla, Cheesecake, Cake Batter and new favorites like Mango, Orange Creamsicle and Twinkie, we want your taste buds to be continually excited. That’s why you can find our extensive list of frozen yogurts rotating regularly, featuring 10-15 flavors in-store, every day. We go over and above to meet everyone’s needs. We carry non-dairy, gluten-free and no sugar added varieties for those with special dietary needs. Mix in as many toppings as you like, choosing from over 20 that we have available at our exclusive topping bar. 218-844-3612. 202 West Lake Drive, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

park rapids The 502 (at Chase on the Lake) Minnesota’s lakeside dining at its best! This casual, high-energy eatery will serve up Northwood’s specialties, timeless American dishes and lighter, “spa-style” cuisine in a classic setting. The 502 features spectacular views of Leech Lake along with patio dining at the water’s edge. Our chef will delight your taste buds for dinner and entice you for dessert. Our mixologists will dazzle you with a full lineup of specialty elixirs, and our staff is excited to serve you. Come by car or boat. Live entertainment on weekends. • Walker. 218-547-7777. View our menu atwww.

Beyond Juice Beyond Juice offers healthy and delicious choices! 100% fresh fruit smoothies, fresh-made deli sandwiches and homemade soups and crisp salads. Try our new breakfasts. Children’s menu. We deliver and cater. Mon.-Sat. 10 am - 4 pm extended summer hours. • 203 South Main Street, Park Rapids, 218-732-0422. Blueberry Pines Restaurant Blueberry Pines Restaurant offers the area’s best fresh seafood, fresh vegetables, fresh cut meats, hand-pattied burgers, pizza & appetizers. New fabulous brunch buffet Sundays from 10 am - 1 pm. An extensive wine list and the area’s best service staff. Live dining entertainment Fri. & Sat. evenings & during Sunday’s brunch. Enjoy the comfort of our log clubhouse and wonderful outdoor scenery. Summer: Open daily at 11 am. Call for off-season hours. • Located south of Park Rapids on Hwy. 71. 218-564-4653. www.blueberrypines Companeros Companeros great Mexican food, drink and fun! Deliciously prepared with the finest ingredients served in delightful Mexican surroundings by the best amigos around. Margaritas (real and alcohol-free) ~ numero uno! Mexican beers on special. Families and any size groups welcome. All food and our famous margarita mix available for takeout. Summer: Open daily at noon. Call for spring & fall hours. • On the boardwalk in Dorset.218-732-7624. See us on Facebook or visit

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Dorset House Choose from our large selection of homemade pizzas and old-fashioned ice cream treats. Try one of ours or create your own. Tantalizing all-you-can-eat evening buffet, fabulous lunch menu, wonderful homemade soups, salads & pies. Let our old-fashioned decor bring out the kid in you. Summer: Open daily at 11 am. Call for spring & fall hours. • Just off the Heartland Trail in downtown Dorset. 218-732-5556.

Headwaters Restaurant Family-friendly restaurant. Breakfast from 6- 11 am, serving plate-size pancakes, biscuits and gravy, omelets, eggs made to order and country fried steak. Lunch/din-ner menu begins at 1 am from Angus burgers and sandwiches to broasted chicken. Kid’s menu. Homemade soups and desserts. Breakfast buffet Sat. and Sun. 8-11 am. Summer hours: Sun. 6 am - 3 pm; Mon.-Wed., 6 am-7 pm; Thurs.-Sat. 6 am - 9 pm. • In the heart of Akeley

Emmaville Store Historic country store & cafe featuring daily breakfast and lunch specials. Dinner specials on Friday and Saturday nights. Sunday Breakfast Buffet and Taco Bar Fridays 5-7:30 pm. Also offering ice cream, shakes, sundaes & fabulous caramel rolls! Bar with pizzas and big screen TV. Open 7 days a week. Open until 9 pm on weekends. • 12 miles N. of Park Rapids on Co. Rd. 4 (Lake George Rd). 218-732-8544. www. emmaville

Lake George Cafe We do breakfast all day! Lunch menu, American food, lunch & dinner specials. Open Tues.-Fri. 7 am - 7 pm, Sat. & Sun. 7 am - 5 pm. Closed Mon. • Hwy. 71, Lake Geroge (37550 Night Hawk Rd.). 218-699-3080. Lapasta For lunch choose from delicious burgers, salads and some entrees from the evening LaPasta Italian menu. Evening diners can select from the full LaPasta Italian menu with American entrees available. Lunch served 11 am - 2 pm. Dinner 7 days a week 5 -9 pm. . • Downtown Dorset.218-732-0275. www.dorset-lapasta. com. Breakfast & lunch $. Dinner

The Good Life Cafe We make our meals from scratch using fresh ingredients. Lunch and dinner menus offer a combination of traditional and adventurous dishes, including comfort foods, vegetarian and gluten-free. We prepare unique specials for each meal and refresh our menu with the seasons. We also have 10 beers on tap, cocktails, wine, free Wi-Fi, outdoor seating & a kids menu. Open every day at 11 am from Memorial weekend through Labor Day weekend. Closed Sun. & Mon. in the fall and winter. • 220 Main Ave. S., Park Rapids. 218-237-4212. www.thegood Lunch $ Dinner

Leona’s Restaurant Eat-in or take-out. Our pizzas, burgers, chicken, pasta, appetizers (and more!) are a hit. Pizzas are made-to-order featuring our homemade dough & sauce. Take-and-bake available. Order our delicious chicken by the bucket for picnics and reunions. Daily evening specials. Beer, soft drinks. Delivery available Fri. & Sat. nights within 5 miles. Mon.-Thurs. 11 am-8 pm, Fri. & Sat. 11 am - 9 pm. • Nevis. 218-652-4021.

Lobo’s Bar & Grill Legendary food & spirits! Try the best Angus burgers, enjoy prime rib & walleye Friday and Saturday nights, too. Dine in or carry out. Full bar and off sale. Food served: 11 am-10 pm Mon.-Sat., 1210 pm Sun. Open Mon.-Sat. 11 am-1 am; Sun. 12 noon-12 mid. • Located on Hwy. 200 next to Itasca State Park. 218-266-3611. Necce’s Ristorante Authentic Italian cuisine prepared fresh daily by Necce, our Tuscan Certified Chef! Enjoy housemade Italian specilaities like sausage manicotti, lasagna classico, spaghetti & meatballs, chicken marsala, filet gorgonzola, Caeser salad & delicious desserts! Nightly seafood specials! Fine wine, imported beer & premium spirits. Serving lunch and dinner (seasonal). Spring hours: Wed.-Sat. open at 4 pm. • 311 S. Main Street, Park Rapids. 218-237-4625. Ranch House Supper CLUB Home of the giant popover! Nightly all-you-caneat specials plus full menu. Steaks, prime rib, seafood, chicken and more. Largest soup and salad bar in the area! Garden room, outdoor dining on deck. Full bar, fine wines. Mon.-Sat. 4:30 pm, Sun. 11:30 am. Reservations appreciated. See ad on page 45. • Located 4 miles North of Walker on Hwy. 371. 218-547-1540. www. The Royal The local favorite where you will enjoy possibly the BEST burger in northern Minnesota. Appetizers also available. Open 7 days a week. Mon.Sat. at 11 am, Sun. at Noon. • 120 S. Main, Downtown Park Rapids. 218-732-9443.

Stompin’ Grounds Full menu served daily. Sink your teeth into the ‘Stompin Burger,” our most popular burger! Chicken, fish, homemade soup & more. Don’t miss Wing Wednesdays! Full bar ~ 4 pm Happy Hour. Breakfast Sat. & Sun. 8 am - 11 am. Kitchen open Sat. - Thurs. 10 am - 8pm, Fri. & Sat. 10 am - 9 pm. Bar open Mon. - Sat. 10 am - 1 am, Sun. 10 am - Midnight. • Hwy. 64, N. of Akeley. 218-652-2964. Y Steak House Celebrating our 69th year in fine dining in the Park Rapids area. Prime rib nightly, walleye, jumbo shrimp, BBQ ribs, Alaskan king crab legs, choice steaks, chicken, combination meals, children’s menu, nightly specials and your favorite beverage from the bar. Open 7 days a week. Sun.-Thurs. 4 pm - 9 pm, Fri. & Sat. 4 pm - 10 pm. Reservations appreciated. • 1 mi. north on Hwy. 71, Park Rapids. 218-732-4565. Zhateau Zorbaz The perfect zummer-time atmozphere. Enjoy a deliciouz margarita on our patio or come inzide and enjoy the A/C while checking out the 24 different draft beerz available. Play the latezt Golden Tee, Buck Hunter, Power Putt or any of our other fun arcadez. We have daily zpecialz and the bezt night-club experience for late-nite fun. FIll up on pizza and Mexican food made frezh daily! Our bar and kitchen are open every day from11 a.m. to 2 am. • Located at 22036 Co. 7, Park Rapidz. 218-237-1969. Email:

SCHWARZWALD RESTAURANT The local favorite where you will enjoy possibly the BEST burger in northern Minnesota. Appetizers also available. Open 7 days a week. Mon.Sat. at 11 am, Sun. at Noon. • 120 S. Main, Downtown Park Rapids. 218-732-9443.

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VFW Post 3289 New York Mills, MN 218-385-3510 Tues, Wed, Thurs 3pm-12am Fri 3pm-1am • Sat Noon-1am

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A new health care option for Tri-County residents! Now Available!

ReadyCare gives patients a choice for timely, affordable and quality same-day and walk-in care for non-emergency, but urgent, illnesses and injuries.

Walk-in Care & Same Day Appointments DAYS AND EVENINGS: Monday-Thursday 8:30 AM – 7 PM Friday 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM Saturday 8 – noon Use our ReadyCare option at our Wadena Clinic for: • Cuts, puncture wounds, abscesses • Sprains, strains and fractures • Cold and flu, ear pain, fever, strep and mono symptoms • Rashes, minor burns, insect bites • Urinary tract infection • And, other minor medical conditions.

ReadyCare is open to EVERYONE!

ReadyCare is not a substitute for the emergency room. If your symptoms are severe or life-threatening, call 911 or seek emergency medical attention in the Tri-County Health Care Emergency Department, located in Wadena.

415 Jefferson St. North, Wadena, MN




218-631-3510 or toll-free 1-800-631-1811








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