When announcing the discovery of starry stonewort in Lake Minnewaska last week, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said the invasive algae has never been eradicated from any U.S. lake where it has been found. Minnewaska Lake Association President Mike Stai believes the case on Minnewaska might be able to change that.
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Collin C. Peterson (D-Minn.) expressed his disappointment with the decision made by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to maintain federal Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
An early morning patrol went from bad to worse for a Dilworth police officer who stopped a driver for a bad headlight early Wednesday, Aug. 2. According to documents filed in Clay County District Court: After Officer Brad Browning stopped the vehicle for a non-working headlight about 1:45 a.m., he determined the driver, Stephen J. Hietala, 27, of Perham, Minn., had an active arrest warrant from Otter Tail County for an alleged assault on a peace officer.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a report of zebra mussels in Rush Lake in Otter Tail County, near several other lakes where zebra mussels were previously confirmed. DNR invasive species specialists confirmed two adult zebra mussels in separate locations about 75 feet from the public access. Signs at lake accesses have been updated to alert boaters to the presence of zebra mussels.
A Perham man was injured when his semi was blown over on U.S. Highway 10 by high winds during a storm Monday, July 17, according to a report from the Minnesota State Patrol. Myron Leo Steinhofer, 54, was driving a 2015 Volvo semi westbound on Highway 10 near Otter Tail County Road 53 in Pine Lake Township about 3:50 p.m. when the crash occurred, the patrol said. Steinhofer was taken to the Perham Health Clinic with injuries that were not life-threatening, the patrol said.
A hot start to June could lead to earlier, heightened risk of the West Nile Virus this year in Minnesota. Mosquito pools recently tested positive for the virus in the Twin Cities metro area, weeks before the virus-carrying bugs are typically found in early July. Similar surveillance isn't performed in Southern Minnesota, but officials suspect the mosquito population elsewhere in the state could already be carrying the virus as well.
A Willmar musician well-known for playing at area senior living and activity facilities is facing a second allegation of criminal sexual conduct. Terrance Raymond Shaw, 72, was part of the 1970s-era rock-and-roll Shaw-Allen-Shaw Band that has been inducted in the Minnesota Rock and Country Hall of Fame. Shaw appeared Wednesday in Kandiyohi County District Court on one count of fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct, a gross misdemeanor, for allegedly touching the breast of a senior living facility resident in 2014 in New London.
The Otter Tail County Historical Society will be leading a tour of historic downtown Perham on Thursday, June 15, 7 p.m. Meet at NP Park. A walk through Perham’s downtown district reveals a treasure trove of historic buildings and details. Intricate brick work, Italianate and Art Deco stylings, and odd symbols adorn many of the structures. Who constructed these buildings? What were they originally used for? What stories lie behind the facades?
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- A 12-year-old girl died Friday in an apparent drowning in a swampy area between two lakes near here. JaLysa Anne Cook of Alexandria was found in about 3 feet of water about 6:10 p.m, according to authorities.