Marie Johnson joined the Detroit Lakes Tribune in November 2017 after several years of writing and editing at the Perham Focus. She lives in rural Frazee with her husband, Dan, their young son and daughter, and their yellow Lab.
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A man was injured in a collision between a semi-truck and an SUV north of Vergas Tuesday. Marshall Aaron Rach, age 37, of Vergas, was taken to Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Hospital in Detroit Lakes after the crash, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, the Minnesota State Patrol reports.
There have been multiple reports this morning of vehicles stalling and sliding into the ditch as drivers contend with blustery, slippery, snowy conditions. As of about 9 a.m. this morning, Highway 10 was almost completely covered with snow and blowing snow all along the west central Minnesota corridor, according to first-hand driver accounts and 511mn.org.
Three people were injured in a rollover accident on Highway 10 just east of New York Mills early this morning. The Minnesota State Patrol reports that Matthew Brian Mollohan, age 42, of Henning, had just turned westbound on Highway 10 off of Otter Tail County Road 76 in Newton Township when the 2005 Ford Expedition he was driving spun out of control while accelerating and went off the road. The vehicle ended up sliding in sideways and rolling onto its roof.
When Kathy Hemmelgarn first joined the Perham hospital's board of trustees 32 years ago, healthcare in Perham was in need of a little life support. She took her position as the Pine Lake Township representative on the board in January 1985, at a chaotic time just five months before St. Luke's Hospital (now Sanford) of Fargo, N.D., took over management of what was then Perham Memorial Hospital and Homes.
Four people were injured in a two-vehicle accident in Perham Township on Tuesday. A 2006 Ford LGT driven by Ronald James Carrlson, age 54, was traveling westbound on Highway 108 when it was struck by a Ford 150 traveling northbound down 410th Avenue, according to a Minnesota State Patrol report. The F150 was driven by Nathan John Tobkin, age 40.
A car started on fire on Highway 10 just west of Perham yesterday. Perham Fire Chief Mark Schmidt said there were no injuries in the incident. Eight local firefighters were called to the scene to extinguish the fire, working in frigid temperatures of well below zero.
Wayne Isaacson can’t even remember the last time he was sick. His medicine cabinet, stocked with natural healing products like essential oils and supplements, has been devoid of traditional over-the-counter drugs like aspirin and sudafed for years, and he hasn’t even missed them. His wife, Julie, and their 11 kids don’t really miss them, either.
Workers at KLN Family Brands and Shearer’s Snacks no longer need to call in sick to get that cough checked out. A new on-site primary care clinic at the KLN/Shearer’s main office building in Perham is now offering free basic healthcare services to employees and their dependants. A physician’s assistant, nurse, pharmacy technician and receptionist are now available at the clinic 40 hours a week, varying hours Monday through Friday.
Four people were injured in a rollover accident near Henning Tuesday. A 2004 Chevy Silverado was on Highway 108 headed toward County Road 16 when it lost control, causing the vehicle to roll into the left ditch at 2:11 p.m., the Minnesota State Patrol reports.
One person was seriously injured in a rollover accident on Highway 10 west of Perham Wednesday night. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the injured party, who has not yet been identified, was driving a 2001 Ford Ranger eastbound down the highway when the vehicle spun out, entering the median sideways and then rolling across the westbound lanes to the north ditch. The one-vehicle accident happened at about 11 p.m., the patrol states. Icy roads were a factor.