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County Information
Founded March 18, 1858
Named for Otter Tail Lake and Otter Tail River
Seat Fergus Falls
Largest city Fergus Falls

Otter Tail County was established in March 1858 by a legislative act. It was organized in 1868. The original county seat was Ottertail City. The people of Fergus Falls organized a new county named Holcomb. In 1872, a legislative act abolished Holcomb County, added additional townships to the west, and established Fergus Falls as the county seat of Otter Tail County.

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Church Histories / Records

County Records

Family Bibles

Miscellaneous Data

Wills/Probate Records

Website Updates:
Oct. 2013: Photo of Parker's Prairie Class of 1936

Aug. 2013: 1883 Pensioners on the Roll
Obit: Bonnichsen

Apr. 2013: Obits: Adams, Beaulieu, Berger, Burbank, Hickey, Jouppila, Kidder, McGowan, Nelsan, Niebels, Nygren, Olson, Siverson, Sjogren, Stevenson, Tholen, Turnbull, Wichlacz
Marriages: Booth - Kielly; Bogen - Collins; Clark - Curry; Frendsonof - Hargraves; Haarstad - Gunderson; Hanson - Anderson; Hanson - Gunderson; Harbicht - Hilmer; Haugen - Flom; Markuson - Hoff; Quackenbush - Parmalee; Siewert - Giorvigen; Ward - Willcuts; Wolner - Rath
Bio: Ball
Birth Announcement: Lund
Dead in Fergus Falls Tornado (1919)

August 2012: Obits:Barber, Harry, Olson
July 2012: Bios: Brown, Butler; Obit: Karakas
June 2012: Obit: Griumus; Bios: Engerud, Sautebin
May 2012: Bios: Adams, Alexander, Albertson, Allen, Anderson, Baker, Bakke, Ballard, Barrows, Bartleson; Marriage: Cesunder-Wentzel
Apr. 2012: Brabec, Eriksson, Evans, Field, Frazee, Freeborn, French,Webber
Mar. 2012: County History (1920); Obits: Carlson, Mohagen, Richards, Smith; Bios: Clapp, Corliss, Hanson, Haugan, Haupt; Marriages: Bjorkman-Quam, Mashek-Olson, Moulton-Noyes
Feb. 2012: WW2 Army Honor List; Bios: Boen, Brandenberg, Daly, Desky, Dought, Duncan, Sjoblom, Solem; Marriage: Reese-Burgraff; misc. news
Jan 2012: ZIMMERMAN obits and death certificates; marriage announcement for MOHAGEN-WALING; Engagement Announcements for RICHARDS-MOHAGEN; Birth announcement for MOHAGEN

Previous Updates:
CLEMMER obits, 1860 Federal Census, cemeteries, cities/townships




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