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  • 2016 Drinking Water Report for the City of Ottertail
Click here to view the 2016 Drinking Water report for the City of Ottertail.
  • Spring 2017 Newsletter is Available (click button below)
Click here to view our current Newsletter!
  • Ottertail Citizen and Property Owners:  Please Self-Register for the new CODE RED
Emergency Weather Alerts
Otter Tail County is now using the CodeRED® Emergency/Weather Warning Notification System - a high-speed community communication service. This system allows us to send specific information to individuals, businesses, and organizations throughout the county - or just in affected areas - in case of an emergency or severe weather situation.

The CodeRED® Emergency/Weather Warning Notification System also delivers weather warning information to anyone that signs up to receive it - whether on your phone, by text, or email.

Important Notes

  • If you are new to the system, it is important that you enter your physical address to ensure that you will be included in all weather and community emergency notifications.
  • If you are already a part of your city's roster to be notified for community emergencies, you must also enroll in order to receive the CodeRED Weather Warnings. Please be sure to include your physical address.
  • When you sign up, you will have the ability to select what types of emergency and general notifications, and weather warnings you want to be notified for, as well as how you want to be notified.
  • Please make your selections carefully; weather warnings may be issued at any time of day or night.
  • If you are signed up to receive weather or emergency notifications from other sources (media, smartphone app, etc.), you may receive multiple notifications - one from CodeRED, and others from the additional sources.
  • CodeRED Weather Warnings utilize National Weather Service information to notify only those who are in the path of the storm.
Caller ID

When you register, please be sure to add these telephone numbers to your phone's contact list, when applicable:

866-419-5000...CodeRED for Emergency Notifications
855-969-4636...CodeRED for General Notifications
800-566-9780...CodeRED for Weather Warning Alerts


Self-registration is easy.  Click here to be taken to the new Code Red registration page.  During registration, you will be required to provide your cell phone provider for Cell Phones/Text/SMS.  If you need assistance to sign up, or have any questions about the system, please contact City Hall at 218-367-2250, as well as Otter Tail County (Otter Tail County Emergency Management 218-998-8067).
  • Dogs Running at Large
Dogs running at large - owners and property owners may be subject to penalty!
  • Ottertail Convention and Tourism Bureau Funding
Ottertail Convention and Tourism Bureau funding applications are now available on the City of Ottertail web-site.  You can download the form to apply for funding for promotional activites in Ottertail.  (See criteria on application.)  [Click here to view the Request for Promotional Funding Application Form]
  • "After the Fact" Zoning Permit
New this year - "After the Fact" Zoning Permits are $300.  Please contact City Hall BEFORE you start your project.
  • No Motorized Vehicles
The City of Ottertail City Council wishes to remind all persons that there are absolutely NO motorized vehicles on the bike path without authorization of the City Council.  Violators will be subject to penalties.  No exceptions.
  • City Limit Lots
Lots in the city limits of Ottertail under 20,000 square feet are considered "un-buildable" according to the Shoreland Ordinance [see chapter 151 Section 027 Table II].  Please discuss this with your realtor.
  • Zoning Permits
Zoning permits are required for all Commercial building projects, including remodels [see chapter 151 Section 027 Table II]. Contact Shari, Zoning Administrator, at 218-367-2250.

City Office Info:
239 Hwy 78 N.
PO Box 245
Ottertail, MN  56571
Phone: (218) 367-2250
Fax: (218) 367-2251

Hours of Operation:
  Mondays - Thursdays
      7:30am -12:30pm
      1:00pm - 4:30pm
      8:00am -12:00pm
Contact Numbers:
 City Hall
   (218) 367-2250
 Community Center
   (218) 367-2252
   (218) 367-2251
 Sheriff's Dept

Meeting Info:
January - December:
   3rd Thursday of each
     month - 7:00pm

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