Be part of a possible Guinness World Record-setting event in Perham next Saturday, as Kinship tries to pull together at least 1,000 people to float out on Little Pine Lake. "Floatin' to a Guinness World Record" will be held July 7 at Zorbaz, with registration starting at 10 a.m. and the floaters connecting out on the water at noon. A plane will fly over at noon to get a photograph of everyone holding hands. People may bring their own raft, tube or other personal flotation device; rafts will be for sale on site for those who need one.
Nick's Bar and Grill in Ottertail just added something new to the menu - an 18-hole mini golf course. Owner Nick Opatz said he bought the course from a seller in Battle Lake and brought it over to Ottertail to give area families "something else to do when they come off the lakes in the summer." The course opened about two weeks ago, and Opatz said people have been enjoying it. Special deals on food are often available to those who buy a round of golf.
Perham man Mitchell Barthel, who recently competed at the 'Super Bowl of livestock auctioneering,' placed 11th in the competition. According to an employee at Perham Stockyards, which Barthel owns, he missed making the top 10 by just 2.5 points. "It went real well," Barthel said in a follow-up interview on Tuesday. "I met a lot of nice people, and we got treated very, very well in California." Turlock, California was the host community for the competition, the 2012 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship. It took place June 14-16. Barthel was one of 33 semi-finalists who competed.
Perham Pamida's conversion into a Shopko Hometown is going smoothly, and should be complete by the fall, according to store representatives. The transition should have minimal impact on customers, as the store is expected to stay open - at least partially - during all phases of the conversion, even during remodeling. There is also minimal negative impact on Pamida employees, as no positions are being terminated.
A more aggressive chemical treatment regimen at Perham's wastewater ponds seems to be doing the trick - the strong stench that has marred the south side of town all spring has noticeably lessened in the last couple of weeks. The city called a special meeting earlier this month to address the smell, which has been a source of complaints to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. City leaders decided then to ramp up their efforts to put a permanent end to the persistent odor. The result? "The odor's gotten better," according to Public Works Director Merle Meece.
The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office is investigating an accident that caused the death of two people south of Fergus Falls on June 22. Deputies, along with the Fergus Falls Police Department and State Patrol, responded to the one-vehicle crash in the 16,000 block of 215th Avenue. Upon arrival, a silver SUV was found on its roof and heavily damaged after it went off the roadway and apparently rolled several times. Both the driver and passenger were ejected from the vehicle and seriously injured.
For the owners of Lil' Evil Inkorpor8ted, a new motorcycle service, repair, and custom build shop in Perham, "it all stems from a passion for motorcycles." Whether they're creating a completely unique, from-the-ground-up bike or simply changing a tire, the guys at Lil' Evil are all about service - "keeping the customers riding away happy." And they know how to do it.
Perham-based business, KeepItLocal.com, will be losing its JOBZ tax incentives in August. The company has been unable to maintain the number of employees it needs to in order to keep the benefits. Established in 2004, KeepItLocal.com's original JOBZ agreement was good through December 15, 2015. That agreement required the company to maintain at least four and a half jobs and create five more, for a total of nine and a half jobs.
Miss Perham, Paige Meyer, made it into the top 10 at the 2012 Miss Minnesota pageant. Meyer was the 10th and last contestant to be called to the finals - giving her reason to be good and nervous for a few moments on stage. "My ultimate goal in going was to make the top 10," she said in an interview Monday.
The Perham area seems to have missed the worst of some bad storms that have moved through the region over the last few days. Thunder, lightening and some high winds have accompanied heavy rainfall in the immediate area, but there have been no reports of any damage in the cities of Perham, New York Mills or Ottertail. Drains and ditches, however, are getting their workouts. The area has seen substantial rainfall since the start of the recent storm cycle, with the city of New York Mills reporting 3 inches of rain since Saturday (that's as of Wednesday morning).