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Perham has been selected as one of eight communities in Minnesota to receive state funding for railroad crossing improvements. The Minnesota Department of Transportation last week released a study on the rail lines that carry Bakken crude oil from North Dakota through Minnesota, including the heavily traveled line that runs through Perham.
Editor’s note: This is the second in a weekly series on youth mentors with the Perham Area Kinship program, in light of January being National Mentoring Month. For the Kostynicks, mentoring is an adventure enjoyed by the whole family. Twice a month, Ann and John Kostynick and their boys, Colton, 14, and Connor, 11, meet up with Ryan Urbano, a third grader at Heart of the Lakes Elementary School, to play, swim, carve pumpkins, watch sports, and just do whatever it is they feel like doing.
The first baby of 2015 has been delivered at Perham Health. A baby girl, Brynna Janiece Malone, was born New Year’s Day, last Thursday, Jan. 1, at 2:30 p.m. She weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces and measured 20.25 inches long. Parents Justin and Marea Malone, of Ottertail, said on Friday that they were “feeling good” about their new addition to the family.
A 75-year-old man and a male acquaintance were rescued from the roof of a pickup truck that had fallen through the ice on Otter Tail Lake on Friday. Robert Karst,...
Editor’s note: This is the first in a weekly series on youth mentors with the Perham Area Kinship program, in light of January being National Mentoring Month. Eleven-year-old Logan Covey didn’t have much experience on a farm before. A self-described “gamer,” the Prairie Wind Middle School sixth grader spent most of his free time inside his family’s home in town, sometimes hanging out with neighbor friends, but mostly playing video games on his XBox. Then he met Gene Zepper. Gene is a 59-year-old lifelong livestock and crop farmer who lives about 10 miles northeas
The Perham Area Community Center is about to offer something it never has in its 25-year history – 24/7 access. Starting Feb. 1, the PACC will be open to its...
After the train derailment near Bluffton earlier this month, a lot of people were shaking their heads and saying things like, “That’s too close to home,” wondering, “What if that had happened here?” And what if it had? What if those 32 freight cars had jumped the tracks in the middle of Perham, a mere 20 miles west of the crash site? It could easily have happened. Unlike the rural and relatively open area where the Dec.
A 27-year-old Dent man is unharmed after becoming disoriented in the fog on Saturday and driving his vehicle through a patch of weak ice on Walker Lake. Justin Adkins submerged his vehicle in 4-5 feet of water near a river entrance at about 7:40 p.m., according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office. He was uninjured in the accident but got stranded on his vehicle.
The triumphant “Chariots of Fire” theme song and enthusiastic shouts of “Hip, hip, hoo-RAY!” echoed through the halls of Heart of the Lakes Elementary School on Friday afternoon in celebration of Perham-Dent’s Teacher of the Year, Heidi Solberg. Solberg was escorted around the school on a colorfully decorated maintenance vehicle as students and staff lined the halls to congratulate and cheer her on.
Plans to reopen Perham’s downtown bakery have been taken off high heat and turned back down to ‘warm’ after a Kickstarter campaign to help get the business going didn’t turn...