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The New York Mills School Board has set interviews with four candidates for the superintendent position. The first candidate is Blaine Novak, who is currently the high school principal in New York Mills, and has been since 2008. The second candidate is Kyle Edgerton, who has been superintendent in Grant County, North Dakota since 2010. Rick Herman is the third candidate. He served as superintendent in Wrenshall, Minn. from 2008-2012.
Perham Food Shelf records indicate an 8.4 percent increase in visitors from 2011 to 2012. Nearly 1,300 families receive a total of 100,000 pounds of food each year. Perham Food Shelf Director John Leikness said in an interview last week that any time there is an increase in visitors, consequently there is a growing need for food and monetary donations.
Four days before the official start of spring, everyone is invited to prepare for the gardening days ahead. The 26th annual East Otter Tail County Horticulture Day will be held on Saturday, March 16 at Prairie Wind Middle School in Perham. Registration begins at 8 a.m. This year’s keynote speaker will be Jackie Froemming, the Crow Wing County extension educator. Froemming will give a lecture at 9 a.m. entitled: “The Weekend Gardener: Horticulture for Busy People.”
Inhumane conditions resulted in law enforcement seizing 11 horses and three llamas from a farm six miles southeast of Vergas last week. An additional six horses were found dead on arrival. One of the rescued llamas, a baby, later died at the rescue ranch from complications with septicemia, probably due to a lack of colostrum, which is found in a healthy mother’s breast milk. Criminal charges are pending against the owners of the farm, Bill and Penny Fick. The rescued animals were taken to High Tail Horse Ranch and Rescue near Hawley, Minn. to begin a long road to recovery.
The Perham Police Department responded to an incident at Barrel O' Fun last week after a report that a woman had been hurt in a forklift accident. Around 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 19, 52-year-old Karen Christiansen suffered unspecified injuries when a pallet full of boxes she was pulling was struck by a forklift, causing the boxes to fall on her. She was taken by ambulance to Perham Health. Her condition was unknown at press time. The driver of the forklift told the responding officer that she came around a corner and honked her horn three times before hitting the pallet Christiansen was pulling.
Heart of the Lakes Elementary School's annual Kindergarten Roundup is set to begin. Kindergarten registration packets were mailed out this week for potential Heart of the Lakes students. Those who would like one and did not receive one should contact the school. This year, families can complete the paperwork and return registration forms to the school by March 20. Completed forms may be returned to the school any time between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. "If you have trouble with any of the forms, or are missing required documentation, don't let it stop you from coming in.
Heart of the Lakes Elementary School teacher Lance Rach was recently chosen as one of 39 semifinalists eligible for the Minnesota Teacher of the Year award. A panel of 25 community leaders waded through 135 candidates and narrowed the field to the top 39 -- one of which was Rach. "When I received the letter telling of being chosen as a semi-finalist I was speechless," said Rach in an email to the Focus.
As of Monday night's New York Mills School Board meeting, longtime board member Rachel Grieger was still chairperson despite repeated attempts by other board members to discuss reorganization. In three separate meetings -- a workshop Feb. 11, a special meeting Feb.
Twenty-two members of the Perham High School choir sang in the Big Apple last week, including two planned performances at popular New York City landmarks as well as impromptu shows throughout the city. Last week's trip was the third trip to New York City taken by Perham choir students in the last decade. Although the group received a $2,200 grant from the school district's 549 Foundation, each of the kids earned their own way through massive fundraising efforts over the last three years. Teacher Kevin Kosiak said the trip went well.