Focus staff report
OTTERTAIL, Minn. -- Sheriff's deputies are investigating a man's death outside a bar and restaurant in Ottertail, Minn. Otter Tail County Sheriff Lt. Keith Van Dyke said the man, in...
The East Otter Tail County Master Gardeners invite adult community members to join them for an open house on Sept. 12 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Perham. Anyone with an interest in plants and gardening who would enjoy sharing that interest with others may apply to become a University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener volunteer. Learn more about the Master Gardener Program, take part in gardening education, enjoy some light refreshments, and win door prizes at this open house. No need to RSVP.
Richard Paul Evans, author of "The Christmas Box," and other books, will speak Saturday, Sept. 24, at 2 p.m. at Kennedy Secondary School auditorium in Fergus Falls. A book signing will follow at 3 p.m.
Reba Gilliand, dedicated volunteer and resident of Battle Lake, was honored with the "community sparkplug" award from the Minnesota Association of Community and Leadership Education Professionals for her community building efforts in Battle Lake. The organization, which supports community development leaders and educators across the state, released five awards for exemplary work in community development at an International Community Development Society conference in July.
The Christian Women's Connection will hold its annual dinner and auction beginning at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at Thumper Pond in Ottertail. Cost is $16. Cary Aasness of Aasness Auctioneers will call the auction. Raymond Berg of Mound will sing the musical selections and is the guest speaker. His topic will be "Joy in the Journey." Reservations are necessary, and can be arranged by calling Jackie at 218-367-2897 or Sharon at 218-367-3826.
Suicide can leave an enormous impact on families and communities. The Never.Give.Up. organization was established to raise money for suicide prevention and awareness education, and to support those who suffer. The group was started following the suicide of Peggy Havnes' 16-year-old son, Kyle Kenyon, in 2012. The family recognized a need for education about suicide prevention.
The Minnesota Department of Commerce is recommending a 70 percent reduction in the $19.3 million rate increase proposed by Otter Tail Power for electric service in 2016. Four public hearings on the utility's rate proposal will be held August 24 and 25 in Bemidji, Crookston, Fergus Falls and Morris, Minn. Otter Tail Power, a subsidiary of Otter Tail Corporation, is an investor-owned utility that provides electric service to more than 61,000 customers in northwestern Minnesota.
The Yellowjacket Coaches Association announced the 2016 Perham Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees, recently. The official induction ceremony will take place following the Yellowjackets football game with the East Grand Forks Green Wave on Sept. 9. The 2016 inductees will be introduced at halftime of the game and the official induction ceremony will be at the Perham Lakeside Golf Course at 9:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend and there is no admission fee.
The names of a few new Perham teachers were accidentally left out of an article on the topic in last week's Perham Focus. Two new teachers will start this fall at St. Henry's Area School for the upcoming school year. Missy Mickelson will teach second grade and David Ogroske will teach fifth grade at the parochial school. Also, Heart of the Lakes Elementary School added Kaylee Krebs as a first grade teacher. Krebs formerly taught at the preschool. The Focus regrets the omissions.
State Cross Country Coaches' Association Class A Rankings Preseason Poll Girls Teams • Perham • Fairmont • Luverne • Trinity of River Ridge • Annandale • Lanesboro/Fillmore Central • Lac Qui Parle Valley-DB • Proctor • Pine City • Blake • Ely • United North Central Class A Rankings Preseason Poll Girls Individuals Morgan Richter, Breck Erika Fox, Carlton Tierney Wolfgram, Math & Science Academy Maria Pake, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton