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Construction is underway on a new building for the Perham Oasis Convenience Store. Work began on Aug. 11, when Oasis employees began the task of emptying the building, which had...
Traffic of the two-wheeled variety has picked up in Battle Lake this summer with the completion of the 12-mile Glendalough Trail. Discussion for the trail began amongst community members in 2008, along with other ideas such as housing, downtown beautification and parks to improve and encourage growth in the community. Organizers for the trail coordinated with Glendalough State Park to create a paved loop path that is available for use by residents and tourists alike to casually bike through the area. While the trail is mostly intended for bicyclists, it is also available for use by wa
Installation of the new playground equipment at Heart of the Lakes Elementary was finished last week, with the help of community volunteers. Preparation for pouring the concrete base was underway on Monday and should be finished this week. A colored, poured-in-place rubber surface will be added in the next two weeks.
What started 17 years ago as a challenge amongst brothers has led a Perham man to become a serious contender in sporting competitions around the state and beyond. It was 1997 when one of Jerry Huebsch’s six brothers decided all seven of them should try running in Lake Country Gardens’ Otter Tail Lake Chase. “Well, I hadn’t run in 20 years, and I thought it would be a piece of cake,” Jerry said of the two-mile event. It wasn’t. “That was a wakeup call. I came in last among all my brothers, and I was sore for three or four days afterwards,” said Jerry.
Lovers of the game call it the fastest growing sport in America: pickleball. While it’s title as “fastest growing” might be up for dispute, a group of Perham-area residents just want to play ball. Pickleball was created in 1965 by three fathers – Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell and Barney McCallum – as a summertime game for their children.
After completing their final facility tour, the Perham-Dent School District planning task force began working on establishing priorities for its proposal to the school board. First, nine community members toured the Kids’ Adventure early childhood building to get a better idea of what adjustments might be helpful or needed for the space. Security is a concern, said Superintendent Mitch Anderson as he led the tour. There is no P.A. system to warn the building’s occupants if a lockdown is needed.
Crews and volunteers have removed the old playground equipment at Heart of the Lakes Elementary School. As of Tuesday, the building site was being leveled and anchor holes were being dug. Principal Jen Hendrickson said the installation work for the new equipment should be finished this week, concrete work next week, and then the poured rubber surface will be placed a week or two before school starts.
The East Otter Tail County chapter of Relay for Life met its fundraising goal for the year, and then some. Organizers had hoped to reach $93,000 for the event. As of Aug. 4, more than $100,000 had been collected and contributions until Aug. 31 will count toward the final total. Pictured are members of the Relay for Life committee, back row, left to right: Jim Braun, Pam Bruhn, LeRoy Wegscheid, Pete Lindberg, Lynn Lehman, Bob Wilkowski and Ron Anderson. Front row: Dee Anderson, Ruth Wegscheid, Robianne Schultz, Lisa Peterson, Lisa Preuss (2014 honorary co-chair) and Judy Kunza.
As the daylight hours continue to last for less of the day and poison sumac leaves change to deep burgundy, it is becoming more obvious that autumn is on its way. Early fall can be a great time to work with perennials in the garden. “Most things can be transplanted at any time, with a few exceptions,” said Jodie Ramsay, half of the ownership team at Jean’s the Right Plant Place in Perham. “You don’t want to transplant something when it’s flowering.