OTTER TAIL COUNTY, Minn. — Otter Tail County residents are invited to participate in community story workshops on Jan. 30 and 31 to learn about story mapping, methods of gathering community stories and project ideas ranging from one-on-one conversations to more creative and public projects.

The purpose of the project is to collect and map the stories of Otter Tail County by engaging community members through small projects led by local organizations, historians, artists, students and businesses.

Workshops will be held at the following locations:

  • Henning Landmark Center, 415 Douglas Ave., 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 30
  • New York Mills Cultural Center, S. Main Ave., 2 - 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 30
  • Pelican Rapids Public Library, 25 W Mill, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 31

Following the workshops, participants will be eligible to apply for project funds ranging from $500 to $2,500 to implement a community story project between March and June. Total project funds available from Rethos are $30,000.

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To register for a workshop, visit Registration is free and the events are open to the public. For registration questions contact Emily Kurash at For questions about the project, contact Sarina Otaibi at