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(218) 998-8320

Business Hours
8am - 4:30pm

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Public Health
 Diane Thorson - Public Health Director Email

If you are ill, see your health care provider. To report an emergency, call 911.
If you are a physician calling to report an infectious disease, please call 651-201-5414 or 1-877-676-5414.

Otter Tail County Sheriff's Department will contact a public health employee in the event of a public health emergency.
Call 218-998-8555 or 911 to report a public health emergency.

Otter Tail Public Health does not have an answering service available for after hour messages.  If you need to contact us for any reason, please call 218-998-8320 between the hours of 8-4:30 Monday to Friday.  If this is an emergency please call 911.

Public Health

echo /code readyFunctions
Prevents epidemics and the spread of disease
Protects against environmental hazards
Prevents injuries
Promotes and encourages healthy behaviors
Responds to disasters and assists communities in recovery
Assures the quality and accessibility of health services

Maintains adequate public health services

General Information
Special Notices

Frequently Asked Questions
Public Health Services
Transition Services
pdf Vision, Mission and Values

bullet Dental Outreach for Kids Pelican Rapids - May 2014
bullet Dental Outreach for Kids New York Mills - April 2014

bullet Tobacco Quit Plan Services: If you are interested in assistance in making a quit attempt,click here.

bullet Six Otter Tail County locations announced for FREE disposal of unwanted medication
City and county officials are working together to provide Otter Tail County residents with a FREE, anonymous, and no-questions-asked avenue to dispose of unwanted prescription medication, over-the-counter medication, or narcotic drugs in a way that minimizes risk to health and safety. Take It To The Box

Tips and Educational Information
Ordinances and Policies

bullet Beat the Bedbugs
bullet Binge Drinkers' Brains
bullet Breast Feeding Support Center
pdf Extreme Heat Tips
(off site link)
bullet Family Planning
Guidelines for Mold Issues
pdf GSC Walking Loop
pdf Head Lice
bullet One Vegetable One Community
bullet Partnership 4 Health
(off site link)
bullet Preventing Groundwater Contamination
(off site link)
pdf Radon Fact Sheet
pdf Tobacco Educational Information
bullet TB Pathway Tools
bullet WIC Guidelines
(off site link)
WIC Information

pdf WRM Walking Loop - East End
pdf WRM Walking Loop - Entire Mall


Animal Health and Control Ordinance
Clandestine (Meth) Lab Ordinance
pdf Public Health Nuisance Policy
Tobacco Ordinance
Older Adult/Senior Resources
Check Ups and Immunizations
Older Adult/Senior Services Directory
Older Adult/Senior Program - Information and Referral Center
bullet Older Adult/Senior Program: Long Term Care Option Counseling
bullet Healthcare Directive Forms

bullet Medicare Health Plan Comparisons (2012)

Living Well with Chronic Conditions Class Schedules
a. To find a class: Go to and click on the "Find a Class" tab
b. For information: Go to and click on the "Self-Management" tab and then the words "Living Well with Chronic Conditions."

Senior Program

pdf New Immunization Laws for Schools, Child Care, and Early Childhood programs Begin September 2014 (off site link)

pdf 2012-13 Public Health Immunization Clinic Schedule

Child and Teen Check Up Outreach
bullet Immunization Information and Resources
Immunization Shots
bullet Personal Preparedness for an Emergency
West Nile Virus
pdf Your Chance for Medicare Updates

myplate Making healthier food and physical activity choices

2012 Community Assessment Priority Problems
Otter Tail County CHS Assessment 2012 to 2014
pdf Summary of the Freedom to Breathe Provisions in the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act (off site link)
Small Towns Face a Fitness Gap (off site link)
Transition Services Links
Minnesota Department of Health

Mailing address:
Public Health
Government Services Center
560 Fir Ave W

Fergus Falls, MN 56537

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