Kits to be given away by random drawing

Photo by Chad Koenen
The Ottertail Fire Department recently received a $2,000 donation from the Otter Tail Lakes Property Owners Association.

By Chad Koenen


The Ottertail City Council will be doing its part to keep people safe on the roads this winter. 

During its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, Jan. 18, the Ottertail City Council approved utilizing up to $500 from a public safety aid grant to purchase a winter survival kit for local residents. The kits will be given away as part of a safety promotion within the city limits.

A similar giveaway was done approximately eight years ago and each kit included things like jumper cables, air compressors and other items that could aid an individual should their vehicle stall in the winter. 

Ottertail Mayor Ron Grobeck said he would like to see the city utilize funding from the grant it received to complete a similar promotion this year.

“Every car should have an emergency kit in it and this is a good way for the city to promote it,” said Grobeck. 

The funding for the winter survival kits will come from a $28,138 public safety grant the city received from the state of Minnesota. Among the uses for the grant includes communicating violence prevention and intervention programs, community engagement, mental health crisis responses, victim services, training services, first responder wellness, equipment related to fire, rescue and emergency services, as well as to pay other personnel or equipment costs. 

To register for the drawing for a winter survival kit, stop by the City of Ottertail office on Highway 78 during regular office hours Monday through Friday. 

In other news

• Presented a certificate of appreciation to the Ottertail Lakers 4-H Club and the Ottertail Scout Troop #307 for their contributions and willingness to volunteer in the community throughout the year.

• Accepted a $2,000 donation from the Otter Tail Lakes Property Owners Association, Inc. for the Ottertail Fire Department and Rescue.

  • Heard the City of Ottertail received a public safety aid grant for $28,138 that was awarded to cities across Minnesota. The city received the grant at the end of December and can be used to fund things like training programs, mental health programs, equipment for fire and rescue, as well as several other programs.