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Light up your holidays with the Perham Lions Holiday Parade of Lights, returning to town this Friday, Nov. 28. As fans of the annual parade have come to expect and love, a long line of floats and other entries will march down Main Street just after dusk, decked out in Christmas lights and costumes to give crowds a holiday treat that’s both bright and fun.
The developers behind Victory Estates have gotten the final go-ahead from city leaders to move forward with their plans. Perham-based Stoderl Land, LLC aims to bring more affordable housing options to town with its Victory Estates project. Perham has struggled for years to keep up with housing demands. This new development will include 39 residential lots made to accommodate privately owned single- and double-wide modular homes with garages and patios.
The History and Cultural Association of East Otter Tail County will continue to run Pioneer Grounds for at least another five years. Last week, with no discussion, the Perham City Council agreed to extend the association's lease of the grounds through March 31, 2020. The new lease is effective April 1, 2015.
Perham area businesses and civic organizations are reminded to sign up for the Perham Lions Holiday Parade of Lights by the end of this week. After low initial response threatened the parade’s cancellation, organizer Tyler Krumwiede said that, as of Wednesday, 11 floats were signed up to take part, and the parade was “a go.” He’s hoping for at least five to 10 more entries before the end of the week.
The Otter Tail County SWAT team was called out to a home in rural Ottertail early Monday morning for what turned out to be a false alarm. At about 3:50 a.m., 22-year-old Jordan Kawlewski, of Andover, Minn., called 911 to report that a handgun and long gun had been used to threaten him at a home on Long Lake Road in Ottertail. It was believed that another person was still in the house, according to a press release from the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office.
The laws regarding rodenticides have changed, and people should be aware that new poison product lines could pose an increased risk to children and pets. The Environmental Protection Agency and Reckitt Benckiser, the maker of d-CON rat and mouse poisons, agreed in May to start cancelling 12 d-CON products that no longer meet EPA safety standards. Reckitt began to phase out production of the products in June, and production will completely stop by Dec. 31.
A public hearing on the major road and utility work planned for next summer brought a crowd to City Hall on Monday. Extra rows of chairs that had been set out for the occasion were filled with residents who live along planned construction routes, and some of them expressed concerns about how the construction would impact their properties and their wallets.
Paul Ceynowa was one of the first soldiers to step foot on the beach of Iwo Jima during World War II. It was Feb. 19, 1945, the first day of what turned out to be one of the bloodiest battles of the war – the Battle of Iwo Jima. A passenger on the first boat to reach the South Pacific island that day, Ceynowa’s boots hit the sand at about 9 a.m.
Perham City Councilors have balk, balk, balked at the idea of keeping chickens in town. In a 3-2 vote on Monday, the council opted against a new ordinance that would have allowed residents to own and maintain up to four hens within city limits. Roosters would not have been allowed.
After the company Victor Guadalupe used to work for shut down, he searched for another job for five years, unsuccessfully, before deciding to take a shot at farming. He had learned the basics of agronomy in school, and he used that knowledge to plant small crops of corn and sweet peas. He bought a small tractor to help work the land. He prepped and planted, watered and watched. He woke early, worked hard, put his sweat and best efforts into it, and eventually harvested.