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Funds from the recently-passed levy are already being put to use in Perham public schools, where teachers received their new iPads last week and students can expect theirs in time for next school year. In early summer, 750 student iPads will arrive, costing $479 each.
The Otter Tail-Wadena Community Action office in New York Mills is in its final days as programs shift to Mahube-Otwa Community Action.
Comet Theater upgraded its 35-millimeter film projector recently, to the tune of $80,000. The Perham theater went digital in advance of a 2013 mandatory movie industry change which will make film projectors obsolete. In an interview with owners Joe and Delores Wasche, they said they have seen a lot of changes over their 41 years of ownership.
The Perham Bike Rodeo participant count nearly tripled from last year's total of 35, with 100 area kids riding through the course. After school on May 9 at the Boys and Girls Club, kids of all ages rode through the coarse on their tricycles and bikes. They practiced safely coming out of a driveway, looking for cars at crossroads, swerving around cones, braking, steering between lines and testing hand signals. Upon completion, participants put their name in a drawing for a chance to win one of 10 new bikes.
Lakes Area Internet has paid all of its lease payments to the city of New York Mills for use of space on top of the water tower, City Clerk Darla Berry said. This is good news for area residents and businesses that rely on Lakes Area Internet for service.
Friday around 10 a.m., a power pole started on fire across from Hoot's Sports on East Main Street in Perham, causing brief power surges and some power outages in the area. Before an inspection took place, a representative from Otter Tail Power said they suspected the suspension insulator, the piece that holds the wire onto the pole, wore out causing the wire to hit the pole and start a fire. An electrical wire was also down. Perham fire and police departments responded, as well as Otter Tail Power. No one was injured.
When I was a girl, my mother always told me: "Refuse to be a victim." Living in a world that is quick to victimize people, my mother said there were two choices for everything: feel sorry for yourself or get over it. "The choice is yours," she'd say. "But I'm choosing to get over it." "But sometimes life is hard, and it's just not fair," I'd say. "That's true," she'd reply. "Get a helmet." I was a bit of a snot then, and I'm sure I rolled my eyes, thinking, "Seriously, what does my mother know?
Figuring out solutions to tough problems like driving under the influence of alcohol, bullying and untreated depression takes a community-wide effort. Otter Tail Family Services Collaborative tries to recognize and address these tough problems, with the understanding that a combined effort is stronger than a single effort. The collaborative celebrated its 22nd year at its annual meeting held at the New York Mills School on May 2. Made up of 185 individuals from 29 Otter Tail County organizations, the collaborative combines resources and expertise to help solve problems.
Two entrepreneurs have already signed contracts to lease offices in the New York Mills Business Incubator. Located in the old creamery building, the incubator will open on schedule May 15. Five fully furnished offices are still available.
Area food shelves saw increases in contributions during the annual March Minnesota Food Share campaign. "We continue to experience such a giving community," Perham Food Shelf Director John Leikness said in a telephone interview. "It is very impressive." This year the food shelf in Perham received more than $21,000 and 5,544 pounds of food, which is an 11.3 percent increase over last year.