Focus staff report
Stuff the Bus provides $46,500 in school supplies to students in need Although the school year has just ended, soon local retailers will be filled with notebooks, pencils, backpacks, and all sorts of new school supplies underneath banners proclaiming "Back to School." For many students and their parents, the new school year brings an exciting fresh start with blank brand-new supplies to match. For families experiencing financial difficulty, there is a frightening price tag attached to each school supplies list.
Otter Tail Power Company is granting up to nine $1,500 awards in 2016 to qualifying organizations in its service area for purchasing automated external defibrillators. Applications may come from nonprofit entities such as a city, school, ambulance/first responder unit, community center, etc. To qualify, an applicant must: -Receive electrical service from Otter Tail Power Company -Prove nonprofit status by submitting a 501(c)(3) (or equivalent) document -Agree to place the AED where it's easily accessible for emergency response
On Saturday, July 9, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Detroit Lakes and Perham will host its fifth annual Ride for the Future motorcycle ride to raise awareness for the after school program.
Friday begins a weekend of celebrations honoring America’s independence, with numerous fireworks displays planned in and around Perham. “The Fourth of July is about fun, sun, lakes, family, fireworks and...
James Gardner, of Minneapolis, was working and trying to finish a degree in American Sign Language when he was diagnosed with a very serious rare cancer. He will share his story during the American Cancer Society's East Otter Tail County Relay for Life Survivor's Dinner Thursday, July 7, at Lakeside Golf Course in Perham. Dinner is free for all cancer survivors and $15 for the general public. The evening begins with a social hour from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and is followed by dinner, awards and the program.
While most Minnesotans understand that seat belts and child restraints save lives, thousands of drivers were cited for not buckling up during the Click It or Ticket extra enforcement campaign from May 23 through June 5. Law enforcement handed out 7,233 seat belt and 213 child restraint citations to those who risk losing their own lives or others in the car. Among the violations, a 4-year-old riding on his mother's lap and helping steer the vehicle.
Arvig in Perham awarded 37 high school seniors with the Royale B. and Eleanor M. Arvig Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $3,000 each. Students were selected based upon achievements or interest in the field of mathematics, engineering, accounting, computer science, telecommunications or any of the physical sciences.
Perham Health CEO, Chuck Hofius, recently announced the promotion of Jim Rieber to Director of Information Systems and Facility Management. Rieber joined Perham Health in 1996 as Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Director. In 2001, he was promoted to EMS and Information Systems Director; a post he held until 2010 when he became Director of Information Systems full-time. The addition of Facility Management Director came in February of this
For the first time, two men - Gary Ebeling and Mike Parta - were named honorary co-chairpersons for this year's East Otter Tail County Relay for Life walk. Both have different experiences with cancer, both are survivors. The stories of these two men's struggles with serious forms of cancer are different and yet similar: both relied on their faith and family to get them through their individual struggles. And the central message from each of them is equally important. M
Three people were hurt Friday afternoon, including a mother and baby, when a car struck an Amish buggy on Highway 29 in Otter Tail County. According to the State Patrol,...