Perham has been awarded a grant to create a Safe Routes to School plan, the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced last week. The city was one of 35 in the state to receive a grant for route planning; nine other cities received grants for implementation of their plans. In all, $768,000 in federal funding was given to Minnesota communities for this effort. "These projects will help communities increase opportunities for kids to walk and bike to school," stated MnDOT Commissioner Tom Sorel in a press release.
The public is invited to join Otter Tail County Historical Society's executive director, Chris Schuelke, for a walking tour of historic downtown Perham on Thursday, May 31. Schuelke said this tour is the first of its kind, and will hopefully lead to more in the future. "I'm looking forward to it," he said. "It should be a lot of fun." According to a press release from the historical society, when the Northern Pacific railroad bypassed Otter Tail City in favor of Perham in 1871, the success of the community was ensured.
Perham is now among a growing number of Minnesota cities with stricter laws against drug paraphernalia. The city has adopted a new ordinance that bans the sale or possession of any items designed to enable illegal drug use.
A spicy new spot in Perham is offering burrito fans a tasty, affordable way to get stuffed. Papacito's Burritos has been open for less than two weeks, but word has already gotten out about the restaurant's homemade menu choices, big portions and reasonable prices, attracting lines of people for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Located inside the Perham BP gas station on Main Street, Papacito's is like Subway, but with Mexican food.
When it comes to adult and child foster care programs in Otter Tail County, the need is there. The county is home to nearly 100 licensed adult foster care facilities - 47 family foster care homes and 48 corporate foster care sites - according to Jody Dahlen, an adult foster care licensing social worker for the county. "We're one of the bigger counties; we have a lot of adult foster homes," said Dahlen.
Merrie Sue Holtan, of Perham, has won five awards and an honorable mention from the North Dakota Professional Communicators. Winners of the group's annual Communications Contest were recognized at a ceremony April 27 in Bismarck, N.D.
There's a new spot to hit for malts, root beer floats, sundaes, burger baskets, all-day breakfast and more in Ottertail - At The Hop Diner. With full breakfast, lunch, dinner and to-go menus, the '50s-themed summer restaurant opened last Wednesday, and the joint's already been hoppin'. Owner Marlys Stahlecker, who has lived south of Dent for the last 20-plus years, said so far at the restaurant, "things have been great. The community has been very supportive." Business picked up a little bit every day last week, she said, and by Saturday the parking lot was packed. Located just off Hwy.
Plans are in the works to construct a new covered band shelter at the fairgrounds in Perham. The new building will have a roof over it and will accommodate an enclosed sound system, according to Pete Zavadil, Chair of the East Otter Tail County Fair Board.
A 30-year-old Battle Lake man suffered cuts to his face and pain in his shoulder after flipping his four-wheeler over on top of himself on Friday, a report by the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office states. According to the report, Andrew Duane Johnson accelerated hard while exiting a machine shed, causing his 2006 Polaris Sportsman four-wheel ATV to flip over backwards. Johnson was conscious and alert when Battle Lake First Responders arrived.
The Perham Police Department has been awarded a new mounted radar system, it was announced last week. The system is one of nine pieces of equipment given out to police departments across the state by Minnesota's Toward Zero Deaths Enforcement program (formerly Safe and Sober). Tom Kummrow, a liaison for the program, spoke to city leaders at a meeting last Wednesday. He said the Perham Police Department was chosen for the equipment because of its commitment to safe driving. "You can be very proud of your chief (Police Chief Jason Hoaby)," Kummrow said. "Your department's doing great here.