Focus staff report
The dates for the next Firearm Safety Training are scheduled June 11 and 18, for students aged 12 by Oct. 1. The firearm safety class consists of a minimum of 12 hours of classroom and field experience in the safe handling of firearms and hunter responsibility. The field experience allows students to learn and demonstrate commonly accepted principles of safety in hunting and the handling of firearms. It includes live fire on a rifle range. Students will experience both portions of the class on June 11 and 18. They are required to attend both days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Clarissa Kvare of Perham and her family were awarded a sponsorship from Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc., in partnership with the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota to attend the Epilepsy Foundation's 10th annual National Walk for Epilepsy in Washington, D.C., in April. Clarissa, a 10th-grader who loves animals, reading and taking long walks, has been coping with seizures for most of her life. She experienced her first tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizure at age five and was diagnosed with absence seizures at age nine. Today, her official diagnosis is generalized epilepsy.
Each of the students had his own reasons for enrolling in the Gas Utility Construction and Service program at Minnesota State Community and Technical College last fall, but all are leaving with something in common: a job. This year's six-man graduating class was the first for the 32-credit diploma program, which began in the fall of 2015 on M State's Wadena campus. A few weeks before their May 6 graduation, Josh Horstmann of Staples said he enrolled because he was looking to get into a growing industry. His brother, Ben, didn't want an office
Spend your summer in the Garden with the U of M! First through third graders are invited to sign up for the 4-H Children's Garden. Fourth through sixth graders can take on the challenge of becoming a Junior Master Gardener. Young gardeners will plan, plant, care for and harvest a garden plot at the Perham Fairgrounds. Both gardens are located on the fairgrounds in Perham. The University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners, Extension staff, and community volunteers assist and educate youth in the gardening experience.
Dave Hughes, candidate for U.S. House of Representatives for the 7th Congressional District of Minnesota, won the Republican Party endorsement at the Minnesota Congressional District GOP Endorsing Convention in Alexandria, Saturday, April 30. Hughes was selected by delegates of the 38 counties that comprise the 7th District by a majority of 60 percent or more in the first round of balloting. He is now ready to press ahead in the general election in November.
The two summer shows planned at A Center for the Arts in Fergus Falls are "Beauty and the Beast JR" and "Fiddler on the Roof" and auditions for both are scheduled Saturday, May 14, at AC4TA's Fergus Theatre, 124 W. Lincoln Ave., downtown Fergus Falls. Children's theater auditions for Disney's "Beauty and the Beast JR" are from 9 a.m. to noon for students entering first through 12th grade. Call AC4TA at 218-736-5453 to sign-up for an audition time in advance. Auditions will be set up every 15 minutes with several students on stage at a time.
On May 14, the rural and city letter carriers in Otter Tail County will deliver much more than mail when they walk and drive along their postal routes. They will also collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers participating in the 24th annual NALC National Food Drive — the largest one-day food drive in the nation. The donated food will be distributed directly to local food pantries.
Heartland Hospice is looking for caring and dedicated people with an interest in serving terminally ill patients and their families in Perham and the outlying communities. Volunteers provide services such as friendly visiting, pet visits, musical enrichment, art enrichment, Veteran-to-Veteran visits and clerical services. Volunteer classes are available to fit each person's schedule. For more information, call Keshia Kettler-Herrmann at Heartland Hospice at 218-829-1252.
The Cultural Center in New York Mills announces the four finalists for the 2016 Great American Think-Off. These four individuals will travel to New York Mills in June to go three rounds in a debate to settle the issue: Income Inequality Threatens Democracy. The event is scheduled Saturday, June 11, at 7 p.m.
The Perham Area Public Library will be closed for the week of Monday, May 2 through Saturday, May 7 for carpet replacement. The library building, built in 1997, has recently undergone extensive repairs to its exterior walls to solve a water intrusion problem. "The exterior of the building is now water-tight and in excellent shape and we needed to look to the interior to make sure that it is still an inviting place to be," said Librarian Susan Heusser-Ladwig. "The carpet is almost 19 years old and is really showing its age."