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After Perham-Dent Schools went into a "code yellow" lockdown, where exterior doors were locked and monitored - but the school day continued as normal inside on Nov. 16, added security...
United Community Bank organized a series of fundraisers in Perham and Frazee Sept. 26-30, during what they dubbed "Honor Week," for the WDAY Honor Flight program based out of Fargo, N.D. The fundraiser consisted of selling Honor Flight merchandise as well as hosting a bake sale and luncheon. In addition, Perham and Frazee merchants donated a portion of their proceeds during the week to the Honor Flight program.
The 89-year-old Otter Tail County man who had been missing since Sept. 28 has been found deceased. The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office reports that the body of Thomas Allstopp...
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.