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Keith Fellbaum has taken over as the new Director of Parks and Trails for Otter Tail County.

Parks and trails are an important resource in Otter Tail County. The County’s Long-Range Strategic Plan highlights the public’s desire to preserve what exists and to explore opportunities to expand and connect the parks and trails system within the county. 

Otter Tail County has begun implementing this area of the plan by hiring Kevin Fellbaum as the Director of Parks and Trails.

Fellbaum, a graduate of North Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering, began his career with the county in 2011 as a seasonal engineering aid and was hired full-time as Otter Tail County’s Engineer/County Ditch Inspector in 2012.

“We are pleased to have Kevin leading the Otter Tail County Parks and Trails Department,” said Deputy County Administrator Nick Leonard. “His experience will lend itself to managing a comprehensive system of regional parks, trails, and recreation facilities that address the leisure needs of Otter Tail County residents.”

Fellbaum is a from a family of engineers; his older brother is the Todd County Engineer, his younger brother is the Assistant County Engineer for Wadena County, and he has several other relatives in the engineering field. He lives in the area with his wife and their three children. He enjoys the outdoors and is active in the Fergus Falls Youth Soccer Association as a coach, volunteer, and board member.

“I am excited to lead this Department as we look to provide the public with a high quality, diversified park and trail system that will be available and utilized by all age and interest groups,” said Fellbaum. “Proactive maintenance will be a high priority for this Department, making sure that the parks and trails infrastructure is kept in a pristine usable condition that can be enjoyed by many.”

The Otter Tail County Parks and Trails department is committed to expanding and maintaining parks and trails with the objective to provide a trail system that emphasizes a connection with the natural environment, while also providing connection to charming communities and other recreational opportunities across the county. Preserving natural resources as valuable open space is another important aspect for the County. 

For information on ongoing parks and trails projects please visit the county page and search parks and trails.