Per MN Statute 609.02, "Probation" means a court-ordered sanction imposed upon an offender for a period of supervision no greater than that set by statute. It is imposed as an alternative to confinement or in conjunction with confinement or intermediate sanctions. The purpose of probation is to deter further criminal behavior, punish the offender, help provide reparation to crime victims and their communities, and provide offenders with opportunities for rehabilitation. Besides providing supervision, our office also prepares a variety of reports and conducts investigations for the Court.

Pursuant to Minnesota Statute 244.19, and per the order of the Court, Otter Tail County Probation provides supervision to the following:

  • Juvenile Offenders
  • Adult Misdemeanor Offenders (punishable by up to 90 days jail and $1000 fine)
  • Adult Gross Misdemeanor Offenders (punishable by up to 365 days jail and $3000 fine)
  • Pretrial release cases
  • Diversion cases

Probation Agents monitor an offender’s compliance with Court ordered conditions, which can include, treatment program(s) (chemical dependency, sex offender, domestic abuse, and mental health), restitution payments, community work service hours and abstinence from mood-altering chemicals.

Otter Tail County Probation seeks to provide the best possible corrections services to the communities we serve.
Fergus Falls Office
Desta K. Lutzwick Director  
Joannie T. Gontarek Career Agent Adult and Juvenile Caseload.  Fergus Falls, Elizabeth, Erhard, Edwards, Pelican Rapids, and Rothsay
Tonya L. Bergren Career Agent Adult and Juvenile Caseload. Fergus Falls
Melissa M. Jensen Agent Adult and Juvenile Caseload.  Fergus Falls, Dalton, Ashby, Underwood, Battle Lake, Clitherall, and Maine.
Hallie C. Metcalf Senior Agent DWI Court Probation Officer.  All Otter Tail County
Michael A. Elias Assistant Probation Officer Pre-Trial Bail Evaluations
Jeffrey M. Gontarek Community Service Specialist Community Service Work.  All Otter Tail County
Robert W. Emerson Surveillance Officer DWI Court Surveillance.  All Otter Tail County
Amy J. Kampa Administrative Specialist  
John A. Storeim Administrative Specialist  
Judi S. Knick Administrative Specialist  
New York Mills Office
Mindy J. Sachs Career Agent Adult and Juvenile Caseload.  New York Mills, Perham, Pelican Rapids, Richville, Dent, Vergas, Frazee, Butler, Sebeka, Basswood, Amor, Hillview, Detroit Lakes.
Kyle T. Johnson Senior Agent Adult and Juvenile Caseload.  Perham, New York Mills, Bluffton, Ottertail, Deer Creek, Henning, Vining, Parkers Prairie, Wadena, Urbank, Almora, Bertha, Hewitt.
Kari J. Bergland Administrative Assistant  

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