Demo derby drivers don't usually 'think pink' when it comes to their car color. Black, white, red, blue - sure. But pink? Well, thanks to the 2nd Annual Derbying For A Cure, pink will be the 'it' color at this year's Otter Fest Demo Derby. The track will be a sea of hot pink cars this Friday night, as more than a dozen racers rev up for a cause. Jessica Solberg-Zacharias, a leading organizer with Derbying For A Cure, said the idea just came naturally.
Anyone interested in running for election to a local city council or school board has until next Tuesday to do so. The filing period, which started July 31, will end at 5 p.m. on Aug. 14. Candidates will be included on the ballots for the general election on Nov. 6. In Perham, the position of mayor is open, and there are two open city council seats. Incumbant mayor Tim Meehl filed for reelection on Monday.
A Pierz, Minn. man drowned in Seven Lake while scuba diving on Saturday. James Reardon, age 51, was found at the bottom of the lake after about a 20-minute search, according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office. He was retrieved, but was pronounced dead at the scene. The sheriff's office reportedly received a call at about 5:10 p.m.
Businesses near major highways are now allowed to have taller signs. The city of Perham has revised its highway commercial signage ordinance to allow signs up to 50 feet in height, giving businesses near high-traffic roadways greater visibility. Under the previous ordinance, adopted in 2008, signs could reach a maximum height of 35 feet, both downtown and near the highway. The new ordinance does not change the height restriction for downtown businesses.
Things are about to get crazy up in here. This Friday and Saturday, Aug. 3 and 4, the streets of downtown Perham will be filled with crowds of people looking for some crazy-good deals and crazy-good fun. Crazy Days will provide both. With more than 40 stores offering special shopping deals and sidewalk sales, and live entertainment, food and other activities going on both days, Crazy Days promises a little fun for all. "The merchants do a fabulous job of putting really great merchandise out there at really great prices," said Alisa Wold, one of the event's organizers.
He's already taken a journey for his life; now he's about to embark on the journey of a lifetime. After a nearly year-long battle with cancer, 15-year-old Joshua Huesman is ready to sail the seas on an eight-day Alaskan Cruise. The trip is Josh's wish come true, granted through the Make A Wish Foundation and sponsored by the Dreams For Kids Ride, a local motorcycle ride that raises funds for the cause. The Lake Park-Audubon sophomore went through his final radiation treatment on Monday, and is now "looking forward to the views" from the ship's deck. He and his family leave Sept.
Have you ever wondered just where your city property taxes go? A new report breaks it down for Perham residents. In a review of the city's 2012 property tax levy, city manager Kelcey Klemm shows where every dollar of the $1.2 million levy went, including funds allocated to the library, the fire department, debt services, economic development and other purposes. The largest percentage of funds - 40 percent - went toward the city's debt service, which is mainly made up of bonds used for street improvements, but also includes a golf course equipment lease, Fire Hall lease, and airport runway r
A drunk man broke into At The Hop Diner in Ottertail on Sunday morning, and then fell asleep. Diner owner Marlys Stahlecker discovered the man inside the building after arriving at work at about 7 a.m. According to the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office, Clint Howitz, age 42 of West Fargo, N.D., forcibly entered a locked door at the diner sometime during the early morning hours. When law enforcement arrived at the scene, he was found intoxicated and asleep.
A recent audit shows the city of Perham is fiscally fit, and continued economic growth is likely. The city is financially ahead of where it was at this time last year, according to the audit, with an increased fund balance and assets that exceed liabilities. Brady Martz Certified Public Accountants and Consultants audited the city's 2011 financial statements. All governmental and business-type activities were included in the audit, as well as major funds and other aggregate remaining fund information.
The annual Art of the Lakes studio tour isn't just for art lovers. Anyone looking for a good excuse to get out of the house, drive through some of the region's most scenic areas, and meet salt-of-the-earth people who do justice to Minnesota's 'nice' reputation, will be delighted by this best-kept-secret event of the summer. This year's tour will feature the work of 37 artists at 26 locations extending from Perham to Alexandria, making it the biggest yet. The tour has been a summer staple in the area for the last several years.