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The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office is reporting that during the last two weeks, between the hours of 1 a.m. and 4 a.m., a Dead Lake Road resident has seen individuals with flashlights coming off the lake and trespassing onto his property. It has been reported the night visitors have been using their flashlights to look through the windows of out-buildings. They are believed to be using a canoe or some other small watercraft for transportation.
Restaurateurs Luis and Heidi Ortiz are bringing a new Mexican eating place to Perham. The couple plans to open the former Los Jalapenos Restaurant on Second Avenue SE before the end of August. Los Jalapenos closed in May, shortly after the Los Jalapenos in Wadena closed. Heidi said the Perham restaurant will fit neatly into their growing business, which includes places in Thief River Falls and Becker. "We're right in the middle," Heidi laughed.
Like a lot of farmers, the East Otter Tail County Breakfast On the Farm Committee would like to come up with a bigger crop this summer. No, they are not after corn, soybeans or wheat; they are after people both young and old. As American society pushes its way into the 21st Century there is a growing imbalance in the number of farmers and non-farmers. The Breakfast On the Farm project is designed to bridge the growing gap of knowledge between the two groups and improve communications.
The East Otter Tail County Fair means many things to many different people. Kids are looking for fun on the midway while their folks may go looking for some corn on the cob or a cold drink. But there is another group to whom the fair means just about everything - the 4-H Clubs of Otter Tail's eastern townships. Three members of the 4-H Ambassadors are Jimmy Minten, Madison Olson and Jane Gudmundson. Their ambassador duties include charting a course for the clubs and representing 4-H in the best light to younger members and prospective members.
Emotions naturally run high when cancer touches the lives of people. It is a disease which can be chased off, but it is always a threat to return. So when fundraising events like Relay for Life come along, fear, sadness, courage and love are all on the sidelines waiting to take the field. The Perham High School track and football field complex saw all those emotions Friday as hundreds gathered for the 23rd annual East Otter Tail Relay for Life event.
Jake and Kellie Smith will be making the restaurant scene in Perham with a business of their own Aug. 4. They are moving into the former Whisk From Scratch Coffee House and Bakery at 165 W. Main to operate two businesses — a restaurant specializing in seafood, which they are calling Pine Island Fish Company, along with their catering business, called Destination Dining. Pine Island Fish Company will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. It will have breakfast and lunch menus plus "small plates", along with a full bar from which the Smith's expect to serve a Happy Hour crowd.
One of summer's biggest events in Perham begins Thursday as the East Otter Tail County Fair kicks off a four-day run. Each day will have a theme with Thursday being Military/Veterans and Daycare Day, Friday being Senior Citizen Day, Saturday being Kid's Day and Sunday being Family Day. Special events being featured include Wristband Ride Night on Thursday from 6-10 p.m., a Truck and Modified Tractor Pull Friday at 7 p.m. at the Grandstand, a 6 p.m. Demo Derby Saturday at the Grandstand and a 3 p.m. Antique Tractor Pull on Sunday at the Grandstand.
Otter Tail County Emergency Management and Code Red Coordinator Patrick Waletzko was aware Perham was in a tornado warning Sunday evening as a storm struck the northeastern Minnesota community and sirens went off. "There was some rotation in the clouds but no actual tornado formation or a touchdown," Waletzko said. Waletzko said the sirens were activated by the OTC Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center in Fergus Falls which received a warning from the National Weather Service.
Squirtle the Turtle and his audacious friends have been busy sharing the adventure of turtle racing this summer. It was 40 summers ago when Perham's International Turtle Races were born. The 2018 racing season marks the Ruby Anniversary of the downtown Perham races. Squirtle is Perham's most famous mascot. He has brought generations of visitors to the Otter Tail County community for fun and to promote youth.
Jim Bretz can hardly remember a time when he was not in hardware. From time to time over the years he has been asked the question "How long have you been in business?" It makes the 61-year-old smile. "When people ask me that question I always say, "When I was old enough to say, 'May I help you?'" Bretz laughed as he took a break behind the counter in his store His father, Al, opened the store in downtown Perham in 1962. What was a business for him was a sort of playground for his son.