Star Lake Concerned Citizens Group | P.O. Box 41, Dent MN 56528 | 218-251-1975

Tools and Links

Otter Tail County Property Search This page contains links to search for parcel numbers, land sales etc.

Otter Tail County Interactive Map This is a link to the Otter Tail County GIS mapping systems. Do a search for the trust land Parcel number (56000150109001) then by selecting different layers you can see how this parcel relates to other data, wetlands etc..

Subscription Form for Regulatory Public Notices Use this link to subscribe to be notified when the NEPA document is published for public viewing and comment. Time is of the essence here because we only have 30 days to comment.

National Wetlands Inventory Mapping Tool This link takes you to the National Wetlands Mapping tool, similar to the Otter Tail County GIS mapping tool. Click on the link to open the mapping tool, agree to the terms and zoom in to our area, you can apply different criteria to the maps.

MNDNR: Lake Water Level Report - Star Lake, Otter Tail County, MN - Star Lake Water Levels

Lake Region Electric Cooperative (LREC): Casino Project FAQs

Articles

August 16, 2016:  OTC Board meeting in which SLCCG spoke to the county commissioners about environmental concerns. Link to WDAY article about this meeting.

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Here is a link to the Minnesota DNR's response to the Shooting Star Notice of Application associated with WCA (Wetland Conservation Act). This is very important. Please take the time to review this document.

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See Q & A Interview with SLCCG and Ray Norgaard, an active MN DNR employee (Fergus Falls Office) who is a renowned expert on wild rice and wetlands.

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On 06-14-2016 Terry Tibbetts was elected White Earth tribal chairman. See article in DL-Online: "White Earth Tribal Chair: Terry Tibbetts points to experience on tribal council, has mixed views on two new casinos"

WETLANDS: Although wetlands are often wet, a wetland might not be wet year-round. In fact, some of the most important wetlands are only seasonally wet. Wetlands are the link between the land and the water. They are transition zones where the flow of water, the cycling of nutrients and the energy of the sun meet to produce a unique ecosystem characterized by hydrology, soils and vegetation - making these areas very important features of a watershed.

riceSource: EPA website, EPA Home » Wetlands » Wetlands Factsheet Series

WILD RICE: Source: Minnesota DNR website

Location: Northern Minnesota lakes, marshes, and streams; water 6 inches to 3 feet deep.

Description: Grows above water surface; is rooted in soft, mucky sediment; clusters of green, ribbon-like leaves are tapered; leaves float on the surface during late spring and early summer; stalks grow 3 to 10 feet tall by early July.

Hints to identify: Wild rice generally grows in calm, clear water, in soft mucky lake or stream bottom; grains are yellow or red and appear at the tip of the stalk in August.

Importance of plant: Wild rice has a higher protein content than most cereal grains, making it a good food for wildlife and humans. Wild rice attracts many wild birds, especially waterfowl and red-winged blackbirds, and it also provides nesting cover for waterfowl.