Otter Tail County, MN

County in Northwest MN

Native Americans used the survey area for hunting and fishing and had permanent dwelling sites. Two Native American tribes were in constant conflict. The Dakota (Sioux) were being pushed from their home area by the Ojibwa (Chippewa) during the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. Burial mounds and artifacts can still be found. Some of the oldest remains of Native Americans were found near Pelican Rapids, Minnesota. The remains, nicknamed Minnesota Girl, were dated at about 11,000 B.C.

The Minnesota State Legislature made Fergus Falls the county seat in 1872. The building, located at 121 West Junius, has been the seat of county government since 1922. The original courthouse occupying this site was built in 1881 and was destroyed by the cyclone of 1919. The cyclone demolished the top 2 floors of the building, leaving the first floor intact. 

Action taken by the county commissioners put a roof over the remaining first story. This gave sufficient space for several county offices.

Sponsors of Otter Tail County, MN

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Towns of Otter Tail County, MN

The small towns of the Midwest are rich in history and a great way of life! Below you can visit and learn about the small towns we call home! Towns that have their name highlighted have become FEATURED TOWNS. Businesses/organizations from these towns have stepped forward as SPONSORS enabling us to include (or will include as acquired) stories and website links to ALL their community organizations (chambers, groups and departments, etc.), stories and website links to ALL their points of interest, annual festivals/events and stories done about their citizens, veterans and faith community. To learn how to become a featured town CLICK HERE!

Points of Interest of Otter Tail County, MN

The communities of the Midwest have a lifestyle unique to their region — rich in history and points of interest like no other! Below you will find points of interest you are sure to want to visit! To nominate a landmark, historic location, museum, etc. as a point of interest on your county and region page CLICK HERE!