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The Perham Police Department is replacing two of its squad cars with two all black 2013 Ford Police Interceptor sedans. The department's lease on its 2011 Ford Crown Victoria is set to expire in February. At the same time, the city-owned 2001 Mercury Grand Marquis will be retired. Just as it has had in the past, the police department will have three vehicles - the two sedans and a city-owned 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer.
The science fair that the Perham High School Science Research team is heading off to this weekend is nothing like the traditional "make a homemade volcano" science fairs that most kids remember from their elementary school years. "It's real research.
When it comes to drunk driving accidents, Otter Tail County remains one of the top 13 deadliest counties in Minnesota. For local drivers, this means more police on the road. The State Department of Public Safety is working on this issue alongside local law enforcement, including the Perham Police Department, offering grant dollars for increased traffic enforcement through a program called Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths.
Minnesota children's author and illustrator Gary Harbo visited New York Mills Elementary School last week, inspiring young artists in kindergarten through sixth grade with a lesson on how to draw cartoon characters. During five separate sessions throughout the day, Harbo walked kids step-by-step through the process of creating a cartoon deer, moose, bear and cat. He showed kids how to add personality to sketches, and each child went home with his or her own special creation. Since 1991, Harbo has visited more than 400 schools, teaching more than 300,000 kids the art of imaginative drawing.
"The only thing that handicaps people is a bad attitude," according to Bob Sim. "It's truly what I believe now." That means a lot coming from Sim, as the Perham man has been constrained to a wheelchair since 2010, when a motorcycle accident left him paralyzed from the chest down.
This Saturday evening, join the Friends of the Library in their annual Table Fair Fundraiser, at SteVelly's in Perham. For the price of a $65 ticket, guests will be entertained, enjoy a good meal and have the chance to bid on unique items in both a live and silent auction. The Table Fair is the one big fundraising event put on by the Perham Friends of the Library, a nonprofit group that offers financial support for local library events. Library director Susan Heusser-Ladwig invites everyone to join them for this event: "It's a great cause that helps support a lot of great services for kids
The Perham-Dent School Board approved an expansion of the universal free breakfast program for students attending Prairie Wind Middle School. Food Director Laura Bjerke addressed the school board last week, explaining a survey that two-thirds of middle school students participated in. Of those surveyed, 40.3 percent said they never or rarely ate breakfast, neither at home or at school. And 54 percent said they would eat breakfast if it were free. Bjerke said, "Kids who eat breakfast do better in school.
Hoot's Sports of Perham, Ottertail and Alexandria won the Lund Boats 2012 Platinum Dealer Award for exceptional sales and service. The Platinum Dealer Award "recognizes the 'Best of the Best' of Lund dealers," stated Lund Boat Company president Dirk Hyde in a letter to Hoot's Sports. To qualify for the award, dealers need to sell more than 100 Lund boats. Of those eligible, the top five win the award. "We had a really strong year last year," owner Mike Parta said in an interview.
The Perham-Dent School Board has approved a revised budget that increases the district's deficit by $371,500 more than originally anticipated. The new 2012-13 budget was unanimously approved at a school board meeting last week, after some discussion.
For the first time since the New York Mills School-Age Child Care program began two decades ago, it has had to put a cap on accepting any new kids. For now, no new families are being accepted into the program, due to "safety issues and space," according to the program's director, Irene Sandback. Sandback gave a written report to the NY Mills School Board at a meeting Monday night. She plans on reevaluating before the summer session, to determine if the program can begin accepting new families again then.