Construction is set to begin soon on the anxiously-awaited interchange project near the new hospital. According to Perham City Manager Kelcey Klemm, the official start date for the project is July 23 - and the contractor may move that up to an even sooner date. The interchange - which will be located at the intersection of Highway 10 and County Highway 34 - will consist of a 'diamond' design, with on and off ramps going both east and west. The ramps will provide better patient and emergency access to Perham Health, as well as improved truck access to Barrel O' Fun, Kenny's Candy and Tuffy's
"Don't worry, it only hurts a lot." Those were the reassuring words of a grinning Lieutenant Barry Fitzgibbons, speaking last Wednesday night to a room full of nervously excited people who were about to get tased. The group of roughly 25 area residents was gathered at the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Department's Operations Center in Ottertail.
An 18-year-old sustained minor injuries in an alcohol-related one-vehicle accident in Ottertail Saturday morning. Brady Muchow, of Battle Lake, failed to negotiate a sharp curve on Cozy Oak Drive just south of Ottertail, putting his Chevrolet S-10 Blazer into the ditch and striking several trees, according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office. Muchow suffered minor cuts to his face and head. He was transported to Perham Health for evaluation, but refused medical attention, reports the Sheriff's Office. The Blazer was badly damaged and towed from the scene.
The unveiling of the new Veterans Memorial at Perham Village Cemetery on Monday was a momentous occasion for the community. The memorial is a well-done tribute to all the local servicemen and women who have served in the Armed Forces, and it's the first of its kind in Perham. In my view, the $9,000 the community pulled together for this project is quite possibly the best $9,000 Perham has ever spent. Inscribed with the words, "In honor and in memory of those men and women who protect our freedom," a stone monument stands an impressive 10-feet tall; a lasting symbol of strength, liberty and
Perham City Hall will be getting a new backup generator, thanks to a grant award announced last week. The grant is for about $24,000 and comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA. Funds will cover a majority of the cost, with the city responsible for about $8,000. City Manager Kelcey Klemm said the generator would be used to keep City Hall running in times of power outages.
Perham is about to have its first permanent, physical tribute to local past, present and future servicemen and women. After nearly a year in the works, the new Veterans Memorial at Perham Village Cemetery will be unveiled in a special ceremony at noon this Memorial Day. The 20-minute ceremony will include a Presentation of Arms by the Perham VFW Post 4020, a short speech by Mayor Tim Meehl, a blessing by Pastor Rob Pesola and a release of 21 white doves.
New York Mills Lions club member Bert Nelson has won a Hall of Fame Award from the Lions of Multiple District 5M. He received the award at a ceremony earlier this month. "It's a great honor," said Nelson. "The people that have received this award in the past have been very good Lions for a long time, and to be recognized as one of them is quite humbling." Multiple District 5M includes 25,000 members in 951 clubs in 12 districts across Minnesota, Manitoba and Northwest Ontario, according to its website.
So, after years of feeling like the only girl of my generation who actually prefers green grass, open spaces and fresh air over the hustle and bustle of bigger cities, I finally feel a little less strange after reading a recent report about 'brain gain.' Brain gain, I learned, is the newly discovered life cycle follow-up to 'brain drain,' the common phenomenon of promising young people flocking to urban areas to go to college and find jobs after high school, supposedly leaving their rural roots in the dust and never looking back. Brain drain is not a new thing.
Norma Smith knew something wasn't right when, after several years of successful breeding, her family's flock of nearly 70 sheep produced just six lambs. More were born the next year, but many of those were sick or deformed. By that winter, 29 of the sheep had mysteriously died. Other strange things were happening, too - the Smiths would come home from church on Sunday to find dead birds laying all over their yard. And the long familiar summer sound of frogs croaking and chirping?
Perham is now home to one of only two places in the area that offer canoe and kayak rentals. River Run Rentals, which officially opened May 15, promises leisurely two to four-hour trips down the Otter Tail River, headquartered at Zorbaz on Little Pine Lake. Owner Bill Boedigheimer, a.k.a. 'Captain Bill Boedy,' said, "I take the hassle out of it for people; they don't have to buy a kayak, they don't have to transport a kayak." The set-up is simple: people call Boedy to set up a meeting time, then they meet him at Zorbaz.