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The driver of a school bus has been cited for failure to yield after a minor accident near Perham last week. According to a report from the Minnesota State Patrol, the driver of the bus, 58-year old Larry Grieger of New York Mills, sideswiped a car at the junction of Highways 10 and 78. Gerald Wiese, a 61-year-old from Battle Lake, was turning onto the Highway 10 ramp off of Highway 78 when the right rear end of his 2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was struck by the bus. No injuries resulted from the accident, according to the state patrol.
A Fergus Falls man has been arrested and charged with 3rd degree murder in connection with the death of a 23-year-old who overdosed on meth and heroin. A report from the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office states that Christopher Allen Tiffany, age 27, was arrested on Monday at the county Detention Facility, where he was being held on unrelated charges. The body of Thomas Rasmusson was found Aug. 10 in a motor vehicle south of Fergus Falls, ac-cording to the report.
One man was severely burned, and two others suffered first and second degree burns, when a fuel tank exploded in Battle Lake on Monday. According to the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office, William Litzau, age 57, Osage, was using a cutting torch to remove straps on the fuel tank of a John Deere combine when the tank exploded. Litzau suffered severe burns to his upper body and face and was transported to Perham Health with life threatening injuries. He was later lifeflighted to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. Two other men at the scene were also injured, according to the sheriff's office.
The driver in the crash that killed Ty Bell and injured a 15-year-old girl last summer has been sentenced. Daniel Resch, now 22, of NY Mills, was convicted of operating a motor vehicle in a grossly negligent manner, a felony offense. He was sentenced Aug. 20 to four years at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud. According to court documents, Resch was driving 114 mph five seconds prior to impact. One second prior to impact, the vehicle's speed was 91 mph. The accident occurred July 17, 2011.
St. Henry's Catholic Church in Perham broke ground on a 4,000-square-foot addition last week. The new space will make the church more accessible and will accommodate church offices, bathrooms, a large narthex, a conference room and a storage room. It will change the look of the church's front entrance dramatically, but the transition from old parts to new should appear seamless - the new areas are designed to stay true to the look of the existing structure. The addition is the second of a multi-part improvement project that began at the church about a year ago.
This month, Perham will join the ranks of a handful of major cities across the nation, including Boulder, Col., and Pensacola, Fla., when it plays host to a renowned traveling exhibit about life and culture during World War II. Of the 23 cities that are scheduled to host the exhibit over the next few years, Perham has the distinction of being the smallest. And it is the only one in Minnesota. So what brings this high-profile exhibit - "Our Lives, Our Stories: America's Greatest Generation" - to town? The In Their Own Words Veterans Museum.
The former Pamida store in Perham opened its doors for the first time as Shopko Hometown on Sunday. After briefly closing to allow for some updates to be done, the retail chain's unofficial opening in town was quiet, according to store manager Rob Huck. Huck suspects that most local residents are aware of the store's temporarily limited inventory and are waiting until the grand opening in September before stopping in to check it out. On Monday, the store's interior was still pretty bare.
Bonnie Genin has a 'can-do' attitude about helping people in need. The Perham woman is closely involved with Can Do Canines, a Minnesota-based nonprofit organization that provides assistance dogs at no cost to people with disabilities. Based in New Hope, Minn., Can Do Canines trains and places hearing assist dogs, mobility assist dogs, and dogs that help people suffering from diabetes, seizures or autism.
'Finn-ish' off a month of fun local events with a visit to the Finn Creek Museum's Summer Folk Festival. Taking place Saturday and Sunday, this celebration of local heritage will offer something for everyone - live music and other entertainment, 'living history'-style demonstrations, a tractor pull, a petting barn, food and beverages, craft vendors and more. "It's a step back in time," described Dave Witikko, president of the Finn Creek Board of Directors.
What would it take to silence those loud train whistles in Perham? The city is about to find out. At a meeting Monday, city councilors voted to move forward with a study that will provide a rough idea of the cost of creating 'quiet zones' at several railroad crossings in town. The study will be conducted by SRF Consulting Group out of Fargo, which has helped nearly 30 other cities in Minnesota and North Dakota through this same process. The council approved just an initial study, at least for now, but could request more comprehensive information later on for an additional fee.