Zebra mussels have been found in Pelican Lake, bringing new regulations to bear on those who use the lake, and raising concerns of mussel infestation through the Pelican, Ottertail and Red river chains all the way to Lake Winnipeg. It marks the first time the mussels have been confirmed in the area and in the Red River Basin. A non-native invasive species, zebra mussels pose serious ecological and economic threats to Minnesota's lakes and streams. Heavy infestations can kill native mussels, impact fish populations, interfere with recreation, and increase costs for industry, including power
A Bemidji man was injured when he fell out of a party bus early Sunday morning on Highway 108 just east of Ottertail. Benjamin L. Frisk, 24, was taken to the Perham hospital, where he was treated and released, according to a hospital spokesman. He was standing by the steps to the door and fell out of the 1994 Chevy P30 bus. Frisk was one of 10 people riding on the bus, which was driven by James L. Hermanson, 60, of Henning. The accident was reported at 1:50 a.m. Sunday. The Otter Tail County Sheriff¹s Office assisted at the scene.