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Otter Tail County is celebrating 150 years … of what?

2018 marks the 150th anniversary of  the county. On September 12, 1868, commissioners held their first official meeting in Clitherall, thereby officially establishing Otter Tail County.

Why is this important?

“When a society or civilization perishes, one condition can always be found. They forgot where they came from.”         – Carl Sandburg

This milestone provides an opportunity to reflect on our county’s past as well as celebrate our culture and future. Sandburg’s quote is a simple reminder that without an understanding of our history, of who we are and were we came from, we can lose our identity.

Upcoming Events?

Several signature events are coming up: 

  • Official 150th Anniversary Kick-Off Event (September 12, 2018 from 1:00 – 2:30 PM at the Justice Two Coffee House & Eatery)
    Join the Otter Tail County Commissioners and other special guests for the 150th Anniversary Weekend Kick-Off Event. Activities include a special Sesquicentennial Proclamation by the County Board, a historical presentation by the Otter Tail County Historical Society, and original 150th anniversary musical entertainment by Ashley Hanson of Place Base Productions.
  • Otter Tail County: The Musical (September 14 – 16, 2018)
    To celebrate 150 years, Otter Tail County residents are producing a play about the great history and characters of the region in four different OTC communities. We want you to join us!
    • Friday, September 14th at 6:30 PM at Railroad Park in Battle Lake
    • Saturday, September 15th at 12:00 PM at City Hall Park in Perham
    • Saturday, September 15th at 6:30 PM at Sherin Park in Pelican Rapids
    • Sunday, September 16th at 12:00 PM at Gappa Park in Parkers Prairie

In addition, the Otter Tail County Historical Society is planning a yearlong series of  community based programs, tours and exhibitions. Learn more about OTCHS 150th events at OTCHS.org

Wondering What You’ve Missed?

These are some of the past 150th Anniversary activities and events:

  • Otter Tail County- ON ICE!  (February 2 – 4, 2018)
     A weekend kick-off event for the 150th Anniversary. This outdoor weekend celebration has something for everyone, including the world’s largest Super Bowl party on ice. Learn more at OTConIce.com




Anita Hoffarth

OTC 150th Celebration Contact
Have an event idea or questions about micro-grants for the Otter Tail County 150th Anniversary? Connect with Anita at Reach Partners! Email: [email protected], Phone: 701-271-8170.
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Downloadable Content:

OTC 150th Board Meeting 9-12-18

Otter Tail County: The Musical (Flyer)
Otter Tail County: The Musical Press Release

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