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New York Mills lost a leader recently when former city councilor Bill Warner unexpectedly died at the age of 59. Warner had just begun serving his sixth year on the city council. He was recently nominated to serve as the acting mayor, as well as the council representative on the Economic Development Authority. "Bill was very involved in our city government, organizations and events. As a city council member, Bill was very conscientious and his thoughtful comments greatly assisted us in making decisions relating to our city.
A victim was extricated from a car using the Jaws of Life after a two-car accident in Perham at noon on Sunday. A total of six people were involved in the crash. According to Perham Fire Chief Mark Schmidt, one adult victim was removed from the backseat of a four-door Chrysler sedan using the Jaws of Life. The Perham Police Department said that victim, along with another adult backseat passenger from the same car, were transported from the scene to Perham Health. Both were believed to have sustained non life-threatening injuries, the Perham Police Department said.
Editor's note: This is the third in a four-part series featuring local mentorships, in recognition of National Mentoring Month. A little more than a year ago, ninth grade Perham student Harley Staber was one of 40 kids on Kinship's mentor waiting list. After more than 18 months on the list, Staber officially began hanging out with his mentor, Marc Reynolds, in the summer of 2011. An 18-month wait is longer than usual for Perham mentees.
Perham High School students have just the thing to warm up on these frigid school mornings - a steaming hot mug of coffee, cappuccino or hot chocolate. Finding that favorite frothy drink just got a little easier for students, now that a new coffee shop has opened in the student union. Last Friday, sophomore Emily Fraki relaxed in the student union with her friends during the lunch hour. "The coffee is really good," she said as she enjoyed her recent purchase. "And it's cheap," added sophomore Carah Ashcraft.
A stolen gun was retrieved in Hennepin County that links back to a Perham 2010 burglary at Gene's Sport Shop. According to the Perham Police Department, a .38 Caliber Smith and Wesson handgun was found on an individual in Minneapolis, who is being charged with possession of a stolen firearm. The August 2010 burglary in Perham remains under investigation.
The excitement was high in the gym of St. Paul's Lutheran School in Perham last Saturday as local scouts participated in Pinewood Derby Car races. This year's 'Powder Puff Derby' was the first official derby for the Girl Scouts. The Cub Scouts have been racing annually for more than 25 years. To prepare for the races, each scout carved and decorated his or her own wooden car. There were a variety of designs, including an army tank, semi trucks, and racecars of every shape, color and size. There was even a hotdog shaped car, as well as one that looked like a turtle.
Four people were injured in a two-car accident at an uncontrolled intersection in Perham on Monday afternoon. According to the Perham Police Department, two juveniles and two adults were taken by ambulance to Perham Health with unspecified injuries. One juvenile refused treatment at the scene. The accident took place at the intersection of 4th Ave NW and 5th St. NW at 2:46 p.m. A Dodge Stratus carrying three juveniles and a Ford Taurus carrying two adults were involved in the accident. The adult driver was 25-year-old Nathan Lehmann of Perham.
Editor's note: This is the second in a four-part series featuring local mentorships, in recognition of National Mentoring Month. When Vickie Tate began the interview process to become a mentor for Perham's Kinship program 10 months ago, she was nervous. Tate had some free time in her life and she wanted to give back to the community. She thought volunteering in a mentorship program was one way she could do this. But even though she wanted to be a mentor, Tate worried about the time commitment.
Within days of hearing the devastating news that Josh and Ashlee Hoaby's four-year-old daughter Eva was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, individuals in both Perham and New York Mills began putting together a benefit. In an interview last week at their home in NY Mills, Josh and Ashlee said they are still in a state of shock, but they are thankful for the amazing amount of support from the community.
Nine weeks into second trimester, Perham High School's shop class has come a long way on its first ever custom built motorcycle. The group of 17 students in Carl Aakre's class have worked day after day alongside Kurt Peterson and Greg Larson, owners of the Lil' Evil Inkorpor8ted motorcycle shop in Perham. As senior Ryan Satter said, it's "amazing to see something come together, when we started with nothing." This project brings a whole new level to shop class, Satter said: "It's shop class with a point." Perham High School is one of just five schools in the nation to participate in a hig