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Otter Tail County, Minnesota

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Otter Tail County was first mentioned in the history of Minnesota in an act of the state Legislature passed on March 18, 1858. The legislative act formally organizing the county was passed March 16, 1868. The governor of the state appointed Marcus Shaw and Chancey Whiting as the first county commissioners. They met at the house of Marcus Shaw in Clitherall on September 12, 1868 and proceeded to organize the county. From this date through 1873 the county was getting its county seat and territorial limits established. The name was derived from the Otter Tail Lake and River. The lake, from which the river was named, derived from the narrow sandbar which the Ojibwe said gave the impression of the tail of an otter.[1]

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Contents

Maps and Boundaries

  • Becker County (north)
  • Wadena County (northeast)
  • Todd County (southeast)
  • Douglas County (south)
  • Grant County (southwest)
  • Wilkin County (west)
  • Clay County (northwest)

Communities

Cities

Battle Lake
Bluffton
Clitherall
Dalton
Deer Creek
Dent
Elizabeth
Erhard
Fergus Falls (county seat)
Henning
New York Mills
Ottertail
Parkers Prairie
Pelican Rapids
Perham
Richville
Rothsay (partly in Wilkin County)
Underwood
Urbank
Vergas
Vining
Wadena (partly in Wadena County)

Townships

Aastad Township
Amor Township
Aurdal Township
Blowers Township
Bluffton Township
Buse Township
Butler Township
Candor Township
Carlisle Township
Clitherall Township
Compton Township
Corliss Township
Dane Prairie Township
Dead Lake Township
Deer Creek Township
Dora Township
Dunn Township
Eagle Lake Township
Eastern Township
Edna Township
Effington Township
Elizabeth Township
Elmo Township
Erhards Grove Township
Everts Township
Fergus Falls Township
Folden Township
Friberg Township
Girard Township
Gorman Township
Henning Township
Hobart Township
Homestead Township
Inman Township
Leaf Lake Township
Leaf Mountain Township
Lida Township
Maine Township
Maplewood Township
Newton Township
Nidaros Township
Norwegian Grove Township
Oak Valley Township
Orwell Township
Oscar Township
Otter Tail Township
Otto Township
Paddock Township
Parkers Prairie Township
Pelican Township
Perham Township
Pine Lake Township
Rush Lake Township
Scambler Township
St. Olaf Township
Star Lake Township
Sverdrup Township
Tordenskjold Township
Trondhjem Township
Tumuli Township
Western Township
Woodside Township

Unincorporated Towns

Butler
Carlisle
Dunvilla
Heinola
Luce
Parkton
Richdale
Topelius
Wall Lake
Wrightstown

Records and Resources

Sources

  1. "Otter Tail County Historical Society." Otter Tail County Historical Society, Fergus Falls, Minnesota - Museum, Local and Family History Research Library and Educational Resource. Accessed October 01, 2018. https://www.otchs.org/.




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