Battle over public access to Jolly Ann Lake

Battle over public access to Jolly Ann Lake Click to Enlarge

OTTER TAIL (KBRF) - A long-running battle over public access to Jolly Ann Lake near Ashby is heating up.

Landowner Rick Chodek is facing 12 new misdemeanor charges filed Friday for building a fence across a gravel road that offers the only public access to the Otter Tail County lake. Chodek claims the gravel road is on his property and that land records marking the roadway don't match the road's physical location.

A Department of Natural Resources crew removed the fence at the end of May.

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